Residents Urged to Honor Caregivers During Labor Day

Loudoun County leaders don’t want Labor Day to only be about picnics and pool parties. The Board of Supervisors again has declared Sept. 2-4 as Labor of Love weekend.

The campaign calls attention to the more than 45 million people worldwide who have been diagnosed and live with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. In most cases, it is family members who work as the primary caregivers to allow their older relatives to remain in their homes. The International Caregivers Association works, in part, to recognize the work of these caregivers and to advocate for dementia-friendly environments.

Serving as ICA chairman is Norman Duncan, a 98-year-old World War II veteran. He’s a longtime volunteer in Loudoun whose wife, Elsie, died from Alzheimer’s two years ago.

Duncan has been a leading advocate for improved treatment and care of a those living with dementia.

On Thursday, he was surrounded by members of the Loudoun Volunteer Caregivers as he accepted the formal Labor of Love proclamation from County Chairwoman Phyllis Randall (D-At Large).

While Duncan sought to put the focus on the needs of dementia patience during the ceremony, he was on the receiving end of a surprise presentation honoring his military service from Brian Steorts and Mike Taylor of Flags of Valor, an Ashburn company that employs veterans to manufacture wooden American flag displays.    Steorts said he got the idea for the venture when he went to buy a flag and found it was made in China.

They presented Duncan with one of the company’s signature flag displays, signed by the veterans who made it.

“Thank you for everything that you’ve done. You’ve paved the way for my family and for the military,” Steorts said. “We owe you a lot.”

Duncan said that he might have been buried at Normandy 73 years ago if it hadn’t been for an injury reassignment that left him in charge of morale for Allied troops in London.

Brian Steorts, founder of Flags of Valor, presents Norman Duncan with an American flag display made by veterans at the Ashburn business.

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