Dangers, Disasters and Good Deeds

America’s Heroes

It takes courage to face dangers and disasters in the line of duty. The men and women of the United States Postal Service have been doing this for more than two hundred years.

Twenty-four letter carriers, posing for the camera, circa 1900
These letter carriers, posing for the camera circa 1900, proudly served their country as messengers of the mail.

During the early days of mail delivery, postal workers were often injured or killed as a result of stagecoach hold-ups, train robberies and wrecks, and airmail plane crashes. More recent threats have included man-made package bombs and modern-day bioterrorism.

No matter how grave the circumstances, the men and women of the U.S. Postal Service have met dangers and disasters with intelligence, grace and good deeds. It is time now to honor those who risk their lives and save those of others while moving the mail. These are America’s heroes, her everyday heroes.