Today we celebrate those men and women who deliver our mail. They work hard and deserve some recognition for all they do. I remember the last hurricane we had, we had no electric, little water and no phone service but the mail was still delivered!
The motto; :”Neither snow, nor rain, nor heat, nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds”, is often attributed to the Pony Express. It was not they that came up with it. It was not Benjamin Franklin who helped create the modern day postal service, and it was not the New York Post Office building opened in 1914 (On September 7th) with the motto inscribed on it’s foundation.
It actually came from the Herodotus Histories about the couriers serving in 500 B.C. Persia. But the idea is basically the same. It seems that the postal service was very instrumental in the formation of the United States. The American postal service was one of the first functions the states put in the hands of the Federal Government, even before the Federal Government existed!
The service was required to unite the differing states against England who had just enacted the Stamp Act. It’s actually all pretty interesting… and apparently very political since 1830. But I’ll let you catch up on that on your own.
How to celebrate – Read about the postal service. Thank your mail person for all they do. Buy some stamps!