The War of 1812 is sometimes referred to by U.S. historians as “the forgotten conflict;” but it not forgotten in western New York. “The War of 1812 forever altered our cityscape,” said Buffalo Officer in Charge, Martin Siminski. “For our ancestors and the people of this area, this war was monumental as numerous land and sea battles were fought throughout our region.” [[{“fid”:”328″,”view_mode”:”teaser”,”type”:”media”,”attributes”:{“height”:”395″,”width”:”480″,”title”:”Battle of Lake Erie Stamp”,”class”:”media-element file-teaser”},”link_text”:null}]] Siminski joined Congressman Brian Higgins in presenting a Battle of Lake Erie Forever stamp enlargement to representatives of the Buffalo and Erie County Naval & Military Park on Friday, September 13. The distinguished guests that participated in the event included Colonel Robert E. Pecoraro, USAF (ret) and Donald A. Alessi, of the Buffalo and Erie County Naval & Military Park; Deborah Stauring of the National Society of the Daughters of the Revolution; and Marina Woolcock, 1812 Celebration Committee. “As many Western New Yorkers are aware, the Battle of Lake Erie was a critical naval battle in the War of 1812,” said Congressman Higgins, a member of the Congressional Great Lakes Task Force. “I am pleased that the U.S. Postal Service has chosen to highlight our region’s important role in the War of 1812 by including this postage stamp in its series celebrating the war’s bicentennial.” The stamp is the second in the series dedicated to the bicentennial of the War of 1812. The U.S.S. Constitution Forever stamp was released in August of 2012; the Battle of Lake Erie Forever Stamp on September 10, 2013. For the stamp art, the Postal Service selected William Henry Powell’s famous painting, Battle of Lake Erie. The oil-on-canvas painting, completed in 1873, was commissioned by the U.S. Congress and placed at the head of the east stairway in the Senate wing of the Capitol in Washington, DC. It depicts U.S. Navy Master Commandant Oliver Hazard Perry in the small boat he used to transfer from his ruined flagship, the Lawrence, to the Niagara. A 19th-century engraving of Perry by William G. Jackman (after John Wesley Jarvis) is shown on the reverse of the stamp pane. Greg Breeding of Charlottesville, VA, served as art director and designer for the stamp. The stamp presentation event also included sale of the newly released stamp and a special cancellation. Special cancellations are collectors’ items, making excellent commemorative souvenirs of special dates and events. Special cancellation requests will be processed for 30 days at the Buffalo Post Office, 1200 William Street, Buffalo NY 14240-9998. The Postal Service does not receive tax dollars for operating expenses; it relies entirely on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.