House Passes Wexton Bill to Rename Leesburg Post Office After Norman Duncan, WWII Vet and Community Leader
Washington, October 5, 2020
Washington, DC -- The House of Representatives passed a bill authored by Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton to rename the downtown Leesburg post office after Norman Duncan, a World War II veteran and longtime Loudoun community member.
"I’m proud that we are taking an important step to honor the life of the late Norman Duncan, a beloved member of our Loudoun County community,” said Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton. “Mr. Duncan’s lifetime of service as a World War II veteran, advocate for caregivers, and a loving friend and neighbor deserves to be recognized and celebrated. The passage of my bill to rename the downtown Leesburg post office in his honor brings us one step closer to making Mr. Duncan’s legacy a lasting part of our community."
The bill was passed by unanimous consent in the House last week and now moves on to the Senate. More details about the life of Mr. Duncan and his service to the Loudoun County community are available below.
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Rep. Wexton Introduces Bill to Rename Leesburg Post Office After WWII Vet and Community Leader, Norman Duncan
Washington, DC -- Today, Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) introduced a bill to rename the downtown Leesburg post office after Norman Duncan, a World War II veteran and beloved member of the Loudoun County community.
"Norman Duncan was a true giant in Loudoun County. 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,” said Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton. “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."
"Loudoun County owes immense gratitude to Norman Duncan for his service to our country and his community. 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,” said Chair Phyllis Randall, Loudoun County Board of Supervisors.
Mr. Duncan led a distinguished career in the military. He was drafted during World War II and became a member of the 29th Infantry Division, 116th Regiment, E Company. Following a training accident, he was reassigned to General Eisenhower’s extended staff and special services division, rising to the rank of Master Sergeant. 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 in Normandy, France. For his service, he received the Legion of Honor from France in 2018.
Mr. Duncan moved to Virginia following his military service, working as a transportation logistics specialist and volunteering his skills and expertise for two presidential administrations, serving on President Carter’s National Defense Executive Reserve and consulting on transportation logistics for President Reagan’s inaugural committee.
In Loudoun County, Mr. Duncan was an advocate for caregivers and founded the Labor of Love Day, a celebration of caregivers that is observed every Labor Day in Loudoun. He also served as chairman of the International Caregivers Association and was on the Loudoun County Transportation Economic Development Committee and the board of the Loudoun Symphony. Mr. Duncan was named one of the 100 most influential people in Loudoun County in 2016.
Mr. Duncan passed away on August 16, 2019 at the age of 100, two months after he attended the 75th anniversary and commemoration of the D-Day landings in Normandy.
The full text of the bill can be found here.