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Postage stamp commemorating Zion National Park issued

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The U.S. Postal Service has given Zion National Park a stamp of recognition to coincide with the park's centennial celebration this year.

In a ceremony Sunday on the plaza outside the park's visitor center, the 79-cent international postage stamp, featuring a sandstone formation rising from surrounding slickrock, was unveiled before about 70 stamp collectors and visitors.

In addition to the postage stamp, the state's Department of Motor Vehicles is offering a special commemorative license plate to Utah motorists that features Zion's Great White Throne formation and the Virgin River. Fees from purchasing the special plates go to the Zion National Park Foundation.

Ken McArthur, district manager of the U.S. Postal Service in Salt Lake City, said the Zion stamp is the second time the park has been featured on a stamp, with the first one being on an 8-cent stamp issued in 1934.

Also on Sunday in Wyoming, a 98-cent international stamp featuring Grand Teton National Park was issued.

California photographer Dennis Flaherty took the stamp's image, a photograph depicting the view at dawn from the Snake River Overlook made famous by Ansel Adams. The Grand's rosy summit is seeing first light, its base shadowed in violet and mist.

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