Turning point

Stamp showing World War I soldier

World War I: Turning the Tide, a stamp that pays tribute to the United States’ many contributions to ending the global conflict, will be released Friday, July 27.

The 1914-1918 war, also known as the Great War, reshaped the map of Europe. The United States remained neutral until April 1917, when it declared war on Germany and entered the war on the side of the Allies, which included Great Britain, France and Russia.

When the American Expeditionary Force, which ultimately grew to almost 5 million troops, engaged in 1918, its actions helped end the war, thrusting the United States to the forefront of major world powers.

On the homefront, World War I turned the tide for Americans in several ways, including scientific and technical advancements and greater acceptance of women in the workplace and other areas of society.

The World War I: Turning the Tide stamp features a close-up of a member of the American Expeditionary Force holding a U.S. flag. The background shows an airplane in flight and smoke rising from a battlefield.

USPS will dedicate the stamp July 27 at the National World War I Museum and Memorial in Kansas City, MO. The stamp will be available at Post Offices and usps.com.