Damascus American Legion Memorial Day Service


More than 200 local citizens joined the Damascus American Legion family on Sunday, May 24th, for the annual Memorial Day Service on the front lawn of the Post 171 Home on Lewis Drive in Damascus. The photo above by Legionnaire Dave Clemmer captures the array of wreaths honoring fallen veterans which were presented by local Damascus organizations during the ceremony.

The service opened with a patriotic concert by the Browningsville Cornet Band. Post Commander Kevin Mook served as the master of ceremonies. Following the presentation of the Colors and raising of the American flag by Damascus Boy Scouts, Sarah O’Neil, representing the Daughters of the American Revolution, led the Pledge of Allegiance, and Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Captain Sherry Hohl sang a beautiful rendition of our National Anthem.  Keynote speaker retired Army Colonel Bill Holmes, a highly-decorated Infantry veteran of the Vietnam War and Life Member of the Legion, spoke eloquently about why and how we honor our fallen service members on Memorial Day across the nation and around-the-globe.

 The ladies of Auxiliary Unit 171 presented individual flags honoring the twelve Post members who transferred to the Legion’s Post Everlasting since Memorial Day in 2014. Rockville American Legion Post 86 Honor Guard provided the firing squad, and the Montgomery County Police provided the bagpipers who played a touching “Amazing Grace.” The service ended with the Browningsville Band’s bugler paying “Taps.” Following the service, the attendees enjoyed refreshments hosted by the ladies of Unit 171.



Damascus American Legion School Awards

 Earlier this month, Legionnaires from Damascus American Legion Post 171 presented awards to twenty students—ten girls and ten boys--at nine schools in the Damascus community. Known for many years as the American Legion God and Country Award, the winning students are selected by the schools’ staff and faculty in recognition of their outstanding traits of citizenship, honor, courage, scholarship, patriotism, leadership and service. The winners listed below were recognized with a Gold Medal and a certificate from Post 171, signed by Post Commander Kevin Mook:

John T. Baker Middle: Ryann Manoogian & James Petrolle
Rocky Hill Middle: Sophie Jorgenson& Lucas Fernandez
Damascus Elementary: Ginny Bastian & Charlie Fort
Rockwell Elementary: Georgia Craca & Owen Beabout
Clearspring Elementary: Adian Speck, Sian Rawlings, Abigail Pak & Kyle Kim
Cedar Grove Elementary: Alyssa Vasco-Villeda & Peyton Frazier
Clarksburg Elementary: Sarah Tang & Andrew Chiaramonte
Laytonsville Elementary: Gus Ross & Devon Derrenbacher
Gibbs Elementary: Sophie Heberlein & Andrew Gray-Theriot


Damascus American Legion Selects
Isaac Avon for 2015 Boys State

Isaac Avon, a rising senior at Damascus High School, will represent Damascus American Legion Post 171 at the 2015 Boys State at McDaniel College in Westminster during the week of June 14th.  A stellar student, Isaac is the son of Bridgit and Patrick Avon of Damascus. He serves as President of the Young Conservatives Club and is a member of the DHS varsity lacrosse and golf teams. After graduating next spring, Isaac plans to attend Virginia Military Institute where he will be a member of VMI’s Division 1 lacrosse team Isaac plans to serve as an officer in the United States Army.


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 400 Legionnaires, who, like all American Legion (www.legion.org) members, are volunteers who serve with 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 (www.alaforveterans.org) and Sons of the American Legion Squadron 171 (www.legion.org/sons). 

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 info@legionpost171.org


American Legion Post 171

Damascus, Maryland

(301) 253-0769