Wexton’s Bill to Rename Leesburg Post Office After Norman Duncan Headed to President to be Signed into Law
Washington, December 4, 2020
Washington, DC -- Yesterday evening, the U.S. Senate passed a bill authored by Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D-VA-10) to rename the downtown Leesburg post office in honor of Norman Duncan, a longtime Virginia resident, World War II veteran, and advocate for caregivers.
“I’m so pleased that my legislation to recognize beloved Loudouner Norman Duncan by renaming a post office in his honor has cleared another hurdle and is awaiting the president’s signature,” said Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton. “Mr. Duncan dedicated his life to serving others, in uniform during World War II and back at home here in Loudoun County, particularly as an advocate for caregivers. Mr. Duncan was a friend and inspiration to countless members of our community, and I hope that all those who see and visit the post office will be reminded of his wonderful life and legacy.”
The bill was passed by unanimous consent by the House of Representatives in October 2020.
More information about Mr. Duncan’s life and legacy can be found below:
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.