WEIRTON - A local man is hoping to get his original design turned into a postal stamp to pay tribute to the men and women who have fought to protect the nation.
Stephen Glykas, of Weirton, is a veteran himself, having served during the Vietnam era.
He is making it his mission to get a new stamp made for the U.S. Postal Service to honor those who have served in the nation's military.
Stephen Glykas, of Weirton, displays his artwork which he hopes to get turned into a U.S. postal stamp to honor American military veterans. -- Craig Howell
"There's no stamp to honor veterans," Glykas said.
Stamps have been issued by the Postal Service in the past, but none are currently in circulation.
The design Glykas has in mind is a piece of his own original art, which appears to be a sketch of a flower, but also some hidden images as well.
"I did it in the VA in Pittsburgh," he said, explaining he was inspired following a conversation with a nurse there and began to doodle.
He dedicated the artwork, which has been displayed at several area art shows, to three of his uncles - Steve Vasiliakis, Tom Vasiliakis and Thomas Franko - who also were veterans.
He currently is hoping to find an elected official willing to sponsor his design and help it through the process of being accepted.
Glykas said he also understands it could be difficult to get the design even considered for a stamp.
"They usually just want ideas," he said. "They don't want finished art."
Glykas said he has been told it could take as much as three years to get through the application process.
(Howell can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org, and followed via Twitter @CHowellWDT)