On Thursday, Rep. Jennifer T. Wexton (D-VA-10) introduced a bill in Congress to rename the downtown Leesburg post office after WWII veteran and caregivers advocate Norman Duncan, who died
“Norman Duncan was a true giant in Loudoun County,” Wexton stated. “Since my time in the State Senate, I’ve witnessed firsthand how his life of public service touched so many in our community, especially through his advocacy for veterans and caregivers. My legislation to rename the post office in his honor will ensure that his impact on Loudoun County is remembered. Those who visit will be reminded of Norman’s generosity of heart and genuine care for others.”
Duncan was drafted during World War II and served with the 29th Infantry Division. After a training accident, he was reassigned to Eisenhower’s extended staff and special services division. He was in charge of logistics and supply for U.S. bases in Great Britain and supported Operation Torch in North Africa, and Operation Overlord storming the beaches of Normandy, France as a master supply sergeant.
He was last year bestowed the rank of Knight of the French Legion of Honor at a ceremony at the French Embassy in Washington, DC, in recognition of the services he provided during military campaigns throughout France during the war. It is the highest French Order of Merit for military and civilian individuals, and was established in 1802 by Napoleon Bonaparte.
After his service, he moved to Virginia following his military service, working as a transportation logistics specialist and volunteering his skills and expertise for the Carter administration and Reagan inaugural committee.
He was also a longtime advocate for caregivers. He was his wife Elsie’s primary caregiver as she lived with Alzheimer’s until her death in 2015. Labor of Love weekend, observed in Loudoun each Labor Day weekend, honors and calls attention to the work of caregivers.
He remained active in Loudoun until the end of his life, serving on the board of the Loudoun Symphony and in the American Legion, as well as on a number of county government committees including the Transit Advisory Board and the Economic Development Advisory Commission.
He was also repeatedly honored with resolutions from the county Board of Supervisors.
“Loudoun County owes immense gratitude to Norman Duncan for his service to our country and his community,” stated Loudoun County Chairwoman Phyllis J. Randall (D-At Large). “Norman was a distinguished World War II veteran, an advocate for caregivers, and a beloved figure in Loudoun County. I’m so pleased that his memory and legacy will forever be enshrined in our community.”
“We heartily endorse the project to have the downtown Leesburg post office named after Norm Duncan,” stated Marshal Hyman, Commander at the American Legion Post 270. “Norm was a longtime member of the Post here in McLean and a regular at our meetings for many years. He was a great American and an active member of our local community. We look forward to celebrating his life at the naming of the postal facility in his honor.”