In 2012, the U.S. Postal Service completes its Flags of Our Nation series
with the issuance of the Flags of Our Nation (Forever®) Set 6 stamps. These stamps feature the flag of the U.S. Virgin Islands,
the state flags of Texas through Wyoming, and the Stars and Stripes, the last stamp in this series that began in 2008. In all, the Flags
of Our Nation series features sixty stamps issued in six separate sets of ten designs.
In the aggregate, the sixty stamps in the Flags
of Our Nation series include four depicting the Stars and Stripes, fifty featuring official state flags, and one for each of
the following: the territories of American Samoa and Guam, the commonwealths of the Northern Mariana Islands and Puerto Rico, the
District of Columbia, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
In addition to the flag art, each stamp design includes artwork that provides a
“snapshot view” of the state or other area represented by that flag. In most cases, an everyday scene or activity is shown, but occasionally
the view is of something less commonplace — rare wildlife, perhaps, or a stunning vista. Unlike some previous multi-stamp issuances,
this series was not limited to official animals, flowers, or products, nor was it meant to showcase well-known buildings, landmarks,