50 Years Of Accomplishment And A Stamp
The commemorative 37-cent stamp honors the US Air Force
Academy's 50 years of service to the nation. It was unveiled at a
ceremony here April 1 by US Postal Service officials. Two honors
were presented to the Air Force Academy on April 1 in a ceremony
commemorating its 50th anniversary.
The US Postal Service unveiled a commemorative 37-cent stamp,
and the US Department of the Interior bestowed the National
Historic Landmark honor to the academy. It was 50 years ago when
President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed the Air Academy Act
authorizing the academy to be built.
"This is a proud time to
be at the Air Force Academy," said Lt. Gen. John Rosa, academy
superintendent. "The list of graduates (who) have passed through
here over the five decades includes many of our nation’s
finest leaders. As we take our academy to the next level of
excellence, we can look forward to graduating many more in the
years to come."
The stamp honors the academy’s years of service to the
nation. A photo of the Cadet Chapel is featured on the stamp.
William Johnstone, secretary of the US Postal Service board of
governors, said the image would go into the homes of America,
symbolizing the values of the nation.
Retired Brig. Gen. Robert F. McDermott, dean of the faculty from
1959 to 1968, attended the ceremony and said he was thankful he
lived long enough to witness the anniversary.
"I find it thrilling that for over 50 years, cadets have taken
advantage of what the academy offers," General McDermott said.
Following the stamp unveiling, Craig Manson, assistant secretary
of the interior for fish, wildlife and parks, signed the formal
documentation declaring National Historic Landmark status for the
academy’s cadet area because of its unique resources.
These resources include Arnold Hall, Harmon Hall, Fairchild
Hall, Vandenberg Hall, the aerospace laboratory, planetarium,
physical-education building, Cadet Chapel, Terrazzo, Court of Honor
and the parade grounds, all of which were constructed between 1958