Crowds turn out for Lighthouse stamp ceremony

U.S. Postal Service staffers sold Gulf Coast Lighthouse stamps for those in line for more than four hours today after this morning’s first-day-of-issue ceremony at the Biloxi Lighthouse.

“To have this kind of response is indicative of the popularity of the Biloxi Lighthouse,” said Biloxi Mayor A.J. Holloway, who joined others in addressing the 200 people onhand for the ceremony at the Biloxi Lighthouse. The line to buy stamps formed at 10:30 a.m. and didn’t diminish until about 3 p.m.

Also speaking at the ceremony were Katherine C. Tobin, a member of the U.S. Postal Service Board of Governors; Terry J. Wilson, southeastern area vice president of the Postal Service; Murella H. Powell, Biloxi’s historian emeritus; and retired Navy Capt. Hal Pierce of the Alabama Lighthouse Association.

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