Assateague Island wild ponies to appear on forever stamps

In celebration of the National Park Service's centennial this year, the Assateague Island National Seashore ponies will be featured on a Forever stamp this summer.

A photograph by Tim Fitzharries of Fayetteville, Ark., was used to create the stamp that will be issued on June 2. A ceremony for the first-day-of-issue is set for 11 a.m. at the Javits Center in New York City during the World Stamp Show-NY 2016.

The stamps also are part of a National Parks pane of 16 stamps. Already, the postal service has previewed stamps for Acadia National Park and Arches National Park.

Dedication ceremonies also will happen at or near each park shown on the stamps.

Assateague Island consists of sandy beaches, salt marshes, maritime forests and coastal bays where the wild horses roam around the area.