Our local community has something called Next Door where people post all sorts of things. This was posted today by Amy Torrano who lives in Sycamore Park and often teaches her first grade class from her front lawn in these days of shelter-in-place. She asked Mailman Marcus for help and this is the result. We live in community, and I’m guessing these children will never forget this school day and the man who read so enthusiastically to them about blueberry pancakes.

This led me to check out the motto of the postal service.

 “Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds” 

The phrase comes from The Persian Wars by Herodotus, a Greek historian. During the wars between the Greeks and Persians (500-449 B.C.), the Persians operated a system of mounted postal couriers who served with diligence and dedication.

When the firm of McKim, Mead & White designed the Post Office at Eighth Avenue and 33d Street in Manhattan.which opened to the public on Labor Day in 1914, one of the firm’s architects, William Mitchell Kendall, selected the inscription which is chiseled over the entrance to the building. You can read it in gray granite, or you can see the words come to light and life right here.

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