The 37-cent National World War II Memorial commemorative stamp was issued on May 29, 2004, in Washington, DC. Howard E. Paine of Delaplane, Virginia, designed the stamp, which honors the achievement and ideals of Americans who served during World War II.
The memorial, located on the National Mall in Washington, DC, between the Lincoln Memorial and the Washington Monument, was designed by Friedrich St. Florian, an architect based in Providence, Rhode Island. Artist Tom Engeman's computer-generated design shows one of the two large memorial arches with a curving row of pillars, each pillar representing a state or territory from the World War II era, in the background. The stamp issuance was scheduled to coincide with the dedication of the memorial.
By Ashton-Potter (USA), Ltd., printed 96.4 million stamps in the offset with scrambled Indicia (USA Flag) process.
Postal Bulletin (April 29, 2004).