New Stamp Honors Amber Alert System

The Associated Press
Thursday, May 25, 2006; 9:52 AM

WASHINGTON -- Ten years after 9-year-old Amber Hagerman was kidnapped and murdered, the Postal Service is issuing a stamp that honors the child recovery system that bears her name.

The Amber Alert system, created in 1996 in response to Amber's death, is designed to notify surrounding communities of an abduction so people can alert police to suspicious activity within the first few hours of the crime.

The Postal Service was unveiling the stamp at a ceremony in Washington on Thursday, which is National Missing Children's Day. "If this stamp can help inform even one citizen of the Amber Alert program, it can make a difference in the safety of a child," Postmaster General John E. Potter said in a Postal Service statement.

Amber's mother, Donna Norris, was attending a second ceremony in Arlington, Texas, where her daughter was kidnapped. The stamp "would have made Amber proud," Norris said in the statement.

Illustrated by artist Vivienne Flesher, the new stamp depicts a mother and child embracing and says, "Amber Alert saves missing children." It will be available nationwide Thursday.

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