On February 4, National Thank a Mail Carrier Day, it’s likely to be bitterly cold and windy, and it may even snow. Despite the conditions, it is still important to express gratitude to your letter carrier for delivering your mail.
We won’t make any jokes about lost mail because obviously no one is going to get them. We’ll leave the joke-telling to the hardworking men and women who will spend today ensuring that everyone’s mail arrives safely and on time.
They should be thanked on a daily basis, but all too frequently they are not. Consequently, today we celebrate the mailmen and women who work tirelessly to deliver our mail.
The Origins Of The Holiday Honoring Mail Carriers
You may be surprised to learn that National Thank A Mail Carrier Day has been celebrated for as long as the post has been around.
It was in Persia that the first written evidence of mail, or at least a systematised approach to mail delivery, appeared.
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By coordinating with neighbouring kingdoms, King Cyrus the Great made it possible for mail to reach all parts of his kingdom.
A lot of diplomatic back-and-forth and road-building and guard recruitment went into this procedure, but it took a long time. The inscription on the James Farley Post Office building is a paraphrase of a saying attributed to the Greek historian Herodotus (5th century BC).
It doesn’t take much to identify the core of that creed in the following statement: “It is said that as many days as there are in the whole journey.
So many are the men and horses that stand along the road, each horse and man at the interval of a day’s journey; and these are stayed neither by snow nor rain nor heat nor darkness from accomplishing their appointed course with all speed.”
On National Thank a Mail Carrier Day, people are encouraged to express their gratitude to those who keep a tradition alive that dates back to before the birth of Christ.
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Celebration On The National Day To Honor The Mail Carrier
Simply express your gratitude by saying “Thank you”
Respect and admiration are universally recognised feelings. Today is the day to go out of your way to show appreciation to the person who delivers your mail. If you can’t make it in person to say thanks, a note in the mail will do the trick.
Go to the National Museum of Postal History, or at least check it out online.
The National Postal Museum in Washington, DC, is a fascinating treasure of the history of our country’s postal service, spanning from the development of the crucial commercial aircraft network to a dog who rode the rails with the postal service in the late 1800s.
There is no charge for visiting the National Postal Museum, which is located within the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC.
Write someone a letter or send them a postcard the old-fashioned way.
You probably have your phone in your pocket or purse because you are often on the go. If you want to offer your mail carrier some love, though, you should stop texting them greetings and birthday wishes and instead start sending them letters and cards.
Put pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard) and postage stamp to envelope today to kick off your letter-writing or card-sending efforts.
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Some Fun Facts
- In 1775, the Second Continental Congress established the Constitutional Post, the first standardised mail service in the United States.
- Many of the practises to which we have been accustomed were established by Benjamin Franklin, the first Postmaster General of the United States.
- In 1847, the first postage stamps were created.
- Famous Pony Express operations began on that day in 1860.
- Both free city delivery (1863) and free country delivery (1896) got their starts.
- A Zip Code system was introduced in the United States in 1963.
- You can’t find a better day to show your postal carrier some love than on National Thank a Mail Carrier Day.
Methods For Honoring Mail Delivery Personnel
On November 19, you may show your appreciation to the person who delivers your mail by thanking them on National Thank A Mail Carrier Day.
Giving someone a kind greeting or a small gift might be a great way to mark the occasion. Express your gratitude to your mail courier. When it comes to receiving mail, we at National Day Calendar are grateful to have Tim as our mail carrier.
I appreciate it, Tim. Use the hashtag #ThankAMailCarrierDay to publicly thank your mail carrier on social media.