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October 19, 2009 11:00 ET

Canada Post: From Flanders Fields to Khandahar-a Unique Tribute to Canada's Military

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 19, 2009) - While many countries choose to build prominent monuments to military victories or victorious leaders, Canada's monument, the National War Memorial in Ottawa, honours the common soldier. Today, Canada Post launched a PERMANENT™ commemorative stamp that focuses on the memorial and on its messages of both loss and hope.

The memorial features a bronze sculpture showing war-weary Canadian troops from all services tramping under a "Victory" arch toward a distant but beckoning peace. The commemorative stamp features section of the memorial, two battle-hardened First World War infantrymen struck in bronze. "Their upward glances are forward-looking and express a sense of hope... belief in a peaceful future," notes Lionel Gadoury, creative director of Context Creative, which designed the stamp. Behind the soldiers is a towering yet faint 'V' for 'Victory.' A vibrant red poppy, Canada's November 11 Remembrance Day symbol, appears prominently in the foreground, courtesy of the Royal Canadian Legion.

"Thousands of Canada's armed forces members have made the ultimate sacrifice, whether in wartime or during peacekeeping missions," says Robert Waite, chairman of the Stamp Advisory Committee and senior vice-president, Corporate Social Responsibility at Canada Post. "We hope this stamp, like the War Memorial, reminds everyone not only of those who died but also of our country's efforts to maintain a world without war."

The memorial, begun in 1926 by British sculptor Vernon March, was completed in 1938 and rededicated in 1982 to remember those who perished in the Second World War and Korea. National memorial services are held at the monument every Remembrance Day.

A souvenir sheet of two stamps, as well as the 10-stamp booklet and Official First Day Cover, show photos of the memorial from different perspectives. "It's as if each angle tells its own story," says lead designer Michael Wandelmaier. "The result is a collection of human stories of courage and sacrifice." The First Day Cover includes a special cancellation of the memorial.

The PERMANENT™ domestic stamp measures 29.25 mm x 35.25 mm vertical and has simulated perforation and a pressure-sensitive gum type. Lowe-Martin has printed six million stamps for the booklets. The Souvenir sheet of two PERMANENT™ domestic stamps measures 130 mm x 100 mm and has 13+ perforations with a PVA gum type. Lowe Martin has printed 225,000 of the Souvenir sheets. All stamps are general tagged on four sides using lithography in seven colours on Tullis Russell paper. The Official First Day Cover will bear the cancel OTTAWA, ONTARIO.

Additional information about Canadian stamps can be found in the News section of Canada Post's website, and photos of these new stamps are also available. Stamps and other products will be available at participating post offices, or can be ordered online by following the links at Canada Post's website, or by mail order from the National Philatelic Centre. From Canada and the USA, call toll-free: 1 800 565-4362, and from other countries, call: 902 863-6550.

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