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We Support the Postal Mission
By Rickey Hall
NAPS Eastern Region Vice President
In the book, “How the Post Office Created America,” by Winifred Gallagher, the author chronicles how the history of the Postal Service is nothing less than the story of America. This historical account paints a picture of America’s evolution into a global powerhouse of democracy through the communication genius and efforts of the Postal Service.
The very foundation of this hallmark served diligently to help give democracy a voice in America, as well as a lasting image of an “eagle” flying high and free. The Postal Service is single-handedly responsible for binding the nation together. It continues to galvanize paths for effective and affordable written communication for all American citizens, regardless of socioeconomic status, race or color, ethic distinction, nationality, gender, age, political affiliation, business industry/commerce/trade or governmental institution.
For the price of a stamp, an individual can mail written correspondence anywhere in the country—even the world. Transcending barriers of every nature, both good and bad, citizens are provided equitable treatment and mail service in the United States of America: “Stamps don’t discriminate.”
This government institution has been successful at establishing and bridging communication channels throughout history and the world. The United States has become the leading information, communication superpower and beacon of light in the world due to those efforts.
The institution’s “sacrosanct” mission has evolved into a sacred and public trust interwoven into the infrastructure of American society. America relies on the Postal Service to provide its many services and daily mail deliveries, regardless of the circumstances. However, despite its stellar track record, of all the nation’s founding institutions, the Postal Service is least appreciated and studied by the federal government.
Charles Williams Eliot’s famous quote inscribed on the Smithsonian’s National Postal Museum best describes the core values and guiding principles that continue to underscore the postal mission:
Messenger of Sympathy and Love
Servant of Parted Friends
Consoler of the Lonely
Bond of the Scattered Family
Enlarger of the Common Life
As members of the National Auxiliary, we have the distinct honor of experiencing the innerworkings of this great dynamic. We support the men and women who ensure the postal mission remains viable so the promises can continue to hold true.