American Legion Post 171

Damascus, Maryland


(301) 253-0769

Congratulations to all of the American Legion Family that received awards last Sunday. Just found this Celebrating achieving 100% membership for 2016-17, Damascus American Legion Family’s annual Membership Dinner took place on January 22nd. At the event, five members received very special recognition for their devoted service.

Pictured left-to-right are Post Vice Commander Will Cole, recognized as the 2016 Post Legionnaire of the Year and leader of the membership recruitment effort; Post Finance Officer Ching-Yao Yu, Post Honorary Life Member; Current Chaplain and Past Unit and District Legion Auxiliary President Patricia Rice, a 41-year member and one of the founders of Damascus Unit 171, 2016 Unit Member of the Year; Past Post Commander Tony DeShiro, Post Honorary Life Member; and Past Post Commander George “Buzz” Burroughs, Post Distinguished Member. Receiving the Honorary Life Member award is the highest honor bestowed on a Legionnaire. Being selected as a Distinguished Member is the crowning achievement of years of outstanding service to Post 171.


We at American Legion Post 171 in Damascus, Maryland, are veterans, men, and women who have served honorably in the armed forces during the war eras prescribed by law. The Post was founded in the fall of 1945. 

Our Post includes more than 300 Legionnaires, who, like all American Legion ( members, are volunteers who serve with a commitment to support our fellow service members and veterans, mentor our young Americans, sponsor community service programs, and advocate for strengthening our nation’s defense and security, patriotism and honor.

Damascus Post 171’s Legion Family includes our Auxiliary Unit 171 ( and Sons of the American Legion Squadron 171 ( 

Below are just some of the activities in which our Legion Family is engaged:

  • American Legion Baseball—junior and senior youth teams

  • Boy’s State and Girl’s State 

  • Boy Scout Troop Sponsorship

  • College Scholarships 

  • Oratorical Contest

  • Americanism Essay Contest and Poster Contest

  • American Legion School Awards and Flag-raising Ceremonies

  • Memorial Day and Veterans Day Ceremonies

  • Programs honoring WWII, Korean, and Vietnam veterans

  • Programs for Wounded Warriors from the Walter Reed Medical Center

  • Recognition for Public Safety First Responders

  • Color Guard presentations at community events

  • American Flags for the Pockets of deployed service members

  • Comfort Items Packages for deployed service members

  • Flag Retirement Ceremonies

  • Donations to a wide variety of charitable organizations

  • Visits to VA hospitals

  • Monthly Pancake Breakfasts

We raise money for our activities and charitable donations with weekly cash Bingo on Thursday evenings and public events like shrimp feasts and oyster roasts at various times each year. We invite you to join us for these events.

Our three Legion Family organizations meet monthly on the second Monday at 7 PM at the Post Home. We are continuously seeking and welcoming new members. If interested in becoming one of us in the Post, Auxiliary, or SAL Squadron, please contact us at (301) 253-0769 or