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Letter carriers, customers protest Postal Service cuts

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One of the signs protestors' carried during Sunday's picket. (Mar. 24, 2013/FOX Carolina) One of the signs protestors' carried during Sunday's picket. (Mar. 24, 2013/FOX Carolina)

Crowds across the country gathered Sunday, to picket outside of post offices and speak out in support of keeping six-day mail delivery.

It was called the Delivering for America Rally and the overall message is clear, supporters across the nation held signs that said  "Save America's Postal Service." Rallies were also staged in South Carolina, including a gathering of a few dozen ralliers outside of the USPS on Laurens Road in Greenville early Sunday afternoon.

Picketers said whether or not you're someone who depends on getting your mail on Saturdays, keeping the six-day delivery that the nation has known for that 230 years is important.

"Cutting back, slowing services is not the way to save the post office, we believe to save the post office we need to grow it, use the services we have," said Congressional District Liaison Juan Ramirez, of the National Letter Carriers Association.

And they weren't alone, some of their customers grabbed signs of their own, and joined them on the street.

"I have the best postman in the United States," said customer Cody Fuller. "He is always smiling when he brings the mail, he enjoys what he does and the fact he does something so important for us."

Sunday's picketers said Saturday mail is crucial for small business owners and elderly who depend on getting their medications in the mail.

The Postal Service, however, said they're experiencing a serious budget crisis and they've seen a steep decrease in mail in recent years due to email and electronic billing. The postmaster general said the plan to cut six-day delivery would save $2 billion in costs.

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