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At 88 years of age I sit in awe watching the energy and enthusiasm of all who are working so eagerly to show honor to my brother, Walter Francis Duke.

Thank you to Kennedy Abell, J. Harry “Chip” Norris III, Al Gough, Pete Wiggington, Tom Mattingly, Robert Pogue, Jonathan Beasley, the mayor and commissioners of Leonardtown, Superintendent Michael Martirano, members of the board of education and all in Leonardtown and St. Mary’s County who have joined together to pay homage to my brother.

I am reminded and given a deeper understanding of my father’s deep love of St. Mary’s County and, in particular, Leonardtown.

Thank you again from my dad, Roland Duke, my mom, Lillian Drury, my deceased brothers and sisters, Roland Jr., Dickie, Margaret, Walter, Betty, George and Jimmy.

My sister Angela in Nazareth, Ky., and I join in gratitude to all of you.

Eleanor Duke Fearns, Leonardtown