With the issuance of the Heroes of 2001 semipostal stamp, the U.S. Postal Service proudly honored the valor of the heroes who rushed to the rescue on September 11, 2001.
Firefighters, law enforcement officers, paramedics, emergency medical technicians, members of the clergy, and other emergency professionals and volunteers were all on the front lines in the aftermath of the attacks. Some sacrificed their lives while selflessly trying to save others; all of them heroically put duty and service before personal safety.
This stamp also offered the public another way to provide assistance to the families of emergency relief personnel who died or were permanently disabled in the line of duty in connection with the attacks on September 11. Like the Breast Cancer semipostal stamp, first issued in 1998, the Heroes of 2001 stamp was sold at a higher rate in order to raise charitable funds. The net proceeds from the surcharge were transferred to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in accordance with the provisions of the 9/11 Heroes Stamp Act of 2001, which was passed by the 107th Congress and signed into law by President George W. Bush on November 12, 2001.
The stamp was issued in New York City on June 7, 2002, and sold for 45 cents. It was offered for sale through December 31, 2004. A total of 133 million Heroes of 2001 stamps were sold. This resulted in a contribution of $10.6 million to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which is responsible for disbursing payments to eligible participants.
Although no longer for sale, the Heroes of 2001 semipostal stamp serves as a reminder of the bravery of those who risk their lives every day, as well as the courage of Americans in the face of unimaginable dangers.