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Postal Service to honor Kennedy on 100th anniversary of his birth

The “forever” stamp will be officially dedicated on Presidents’ Day, Feb. 20, at the Kennedy Library in Dorchester.

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The “forever” stamp will be officially dedicated on Presidents’ Day, Feb. 20, at the Kennedy Library in Dorchester.

On the 100th anniversary of his birth in Brookline, John F. Kennedy will be honored this year with a new commemorative Postal Service stamp.

The stamp will be officially dedicated on Presidents’ Day, Feb. 20, at the Kennedy Library in Dorchester.

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It features an iconic black-and-white picture by photographer Ted Spiegel of Kennedy during a stop in Seattle during the 1960 presidential campaign. The separate artwork accompanying the stamp is the official presidential portrait of Kennedy, painted posthumously at the request of former first lady Jacqueline Kennedy in 1970.

“Our family is honored that the Postal Service is commemorating my grandfather with this stamp,’’ Jack Schlossberg, the son of Caroline Kennedy, said in a statement.

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“As we mark the centennial of his birth, we hope that the stamp will be an enduring symbol of President Kennedy’s call for service, innovation, and inclusion, and his belief that we each have the power to make this world a better place.”

Attendees at the dedication will have the first opportunity to buy the “forever’’ stamps. After that, they will be available in post offices nationwide on Feb. 21. For those who can’t make the ceremony and just have to get their hands on the stamps, the Postal Service will take pre-orders in late January.

The Kennedy Library plans to commemorate the centennial of the 35th president with several events, including a special exhibition titled “JFK at 100: Milestones and Mementos.” The exhibition, which opens in May, will highlight the president’s career and administration, and events in his personal and family life.

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It will include the flag from the PT boat Kennedy commanded during World War II, his Cabinet chair, and handwritten notes for his landmark address to the nation on civil rights.

Among other activities, the library will launch 35 touch football games, a nod to a favorite Kennedy pastime.

Andrew Grant can be reached at andrew.grant@globe.com.
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