The United States Postal Service and the Quick Center for the Arts at Fairfield University celebrate the American spirit with the unveiling of a commemorative Sept. 11 heroes stamp


Media Advisory

What: The U.S. Postal Service and the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts at Fairfield University will host a ceremony that will pay tribute to the victims of the September 11 tragedy, as well as the men and women from Connecticut who aided in the search, rescue, and recovery efforts in New York and Washington. A Tribute to Heroes event will feature photos and musical presentations to these everyday heroes, and a dedication of the Heroes Stamp.

Honorees will include rescue teams members from Connecticut and New York Police and Fire Departments, family members of World Trade Center victims, military personnel, postal workers, flight attendants, AmeriCares, Red Cross and others who were touched by the events of September 11.

Who: Artist Roberta Flack and John F. Walsh, a member of the U.S. Postal Service Board of Governors, will participate in the ceremony. Gary Suson, a photographer/actor/writer and the official Ground Zero photographer for the Uniformed Firefighters Association will present images from his 8-month work at the site. State and local dignitaries will attend the event. In addition, there will be uplifting musical presentations.

Where: Fairfield University's Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts - 1073 North Benson Rd, Fairfield, Conn. Free and open to the public.

When: Sept. 9 at 6 p.m. Reporters interested in attending the event and/or interviewing special guests should call Nancy Habetz, Fairfield University's Director of Media Relations, at (203) 254-4190.

Additional Background: One of the highlights of the ceremony is to officially dedicate the newest United States of America postage stamp, Heroes of 2001 Semipostal First-Class Stamp. The issuance of the stamp helps to raise funds to provide assistance to families of emergency relief personnel killed or permanently disabled as a result of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. This ceremony is dedicated to honor all the heroes and heroines, who continue to inspire and reach out to others without regard to themselves... firefighters, emergency dispense teams, hospital staff, military personnel, postal employees, volunteers, and most importantly the families of those killed in the attacks. For more information and tickets, call the Quick Center Box Office at (203) 254-4010 or toll free at 1-877-ARTS-396. There is limited reserved seating. Tickets are no charge.

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Media Contact: Nancy Habetz, (203) 254-4000, ext. 2647, nhabetz@fairfield.edu

Posted on August 10, 2002

Vol. 35, No. 40