By way of background, Bermuda was one of the first jurisdictions in the world to introduce a uniform postage stamp and rates in 1842, only two years behind the United Kingdom ;and three years ahead of the United States.
The earliest Bermuda stamps, Perot stamps, were named after William Bennett Perot, who served as Bermuda’s first Postmaster General from 1818 to 1862. Stamps are usually issued to commemorate special occasions, special events, objects of importance and Bermuda’s cultural history.
On this special occasion, Flora Duffy Day, we would like to memorialize Flora Duffy for her phenomenal athletic achievements during the Summer Olympic Games 2020.
Although held in 2021 and during a continued Covid-19 pandemic year, Flora Duffy brought inspiration, hope, pride and success to the people of Bermuda. She won Bermuda’s first Gold medal in the Olympics and in so doing, we became the smallest country to ever win a Gold medal. This amazing achievement is worthy of recognition by Bermuda and we are pleased to be here today to do just that.
Thus, on behalf of the Bermuda Post Office and the Stamp Advisory Committee, we are proud to recognize Flora Duffy for her stellar athletic achievement with a Flora Duffy Stamp Issue. These stamps have been enlarged and will be on public display here at the General Post Office for all to see.
So, without further delay and on behalf of the Government of Bermuda and its people, I am pleased to unveil the commemorative stamp issue entitled OLYMPIC GOLD MEDAL POSTAGE STAMP to recognize our 2020 Olympic champion, our world champion and the best of the best.
Flora, both stamps reflect your victory, your passion and your astonishing accomplishment. The center panel reads as follows: Congratulations Flora Duffy, OBE, on winning a gold medal at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, being crowned Olympic Champion and World Champion in the same year and for your efforts to uplift and enable youth in Bermuda to pursue their potential.
To Flora, from everyone in Bermuda we thank you and commend you during this time for the joy and pride you have brought to all of us in Bermuda.
To all our children, we encourage you to pen a letter or a card to Flora. If you want to post a letter to Flora Duffy, the Post Office will accept letters, waive postage and deliver them to Flora.
In conclusion, Flora, we wish you continued future success and good health.
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