The official dedication of the Nat King Cole Post Office at 265 South Western, in Los Angeles was held on December 7th,2002.
This ceremony had all the making of a Hollywood movie, as Postmaster James Smith, U.S. Postal Service District Manager William Almarez, Councilman Tom LaBonge(4th District), Congressman Xavier Becerra (United States House of Representatives, 30th District of California)were joined by Nat King Coles family-his widow, brother Freddie, two daughters-Natalie and Carole, and Jon Polk and Alan Livingstone, Capitol Records Executives for the renaming of the Oakwood Post Office to Nat King Cole.
"Nat King Cole remains an icon as one of America's most beloved entertainers, even 37 years after his untimely death in 1965, his story is one of determaination, courage, and resilience. Mr. Cole was one of the pioneers who left his mark in an industry that is now part of the fabric of Los Angeles. But his impression on our city and this nation goes beyond that" stated Congressman Xavier Becerra who sponsored legislation to rename the Post Office.
An oversize stamp and plaque was placed on the renamed Post Office. The inscription on the plaque is "This building is named in honor of Nat King Cole. By order of Congress P.L.102-271, October 30th,2002."