American Legion Post 171 and the American Red Cross are hosting an upcoming blood drive. Please join our lifesaving mission and schedule an appointment today!

Drive Details:
Site: American Legion Post 171
Address: 10201 Lewis Drive, Damascus, MD, 20872
Room Name: Hall
Date: Sat Feb 14, 2015
Time: 8:00: AM - 1:30: PM
Coordinator Name: Jennifer Shaffer
Coordinator Phone Number: 3012530769
Click here to make an appointment

The need for blood is constant and only volunteer donors can fulfill that need for patients in our community. Nationwide, someone needs a unit of blood every 2 to 3 seconds and most of us will need blood in our lifetime.

Thank you for supporting the American Red Cross blood program!
American Red Cross Blood Services - 2025 E St. NW, Washington, DC, 20006

Clarksburg Junior Wins Legion Contest


Aditya Kaliappan, a junior at Clarksburg High School, won first place at the Damascus American Legion Post 171 2015 High School Oratorical Contest held Saturday, January 17th, at the Post Home. For his winning oration, titled “Sailing to Freedom,” Aditya was awarded the American Legion Gold Medal for Oratory Excellence and a check for $500. He will represent Post 171 in the Montgomery County contest on February 8th.  He placed third in the same contest last year.
Runner-up was Clarksburg High School Junior Emory Cole II who was awarded the Silver Medal and the $250 second prize. Emory was the runner-up in last year’s contest. Damascus High School Sophomore Gwendolyn Guthrie placed third and received the Bronze Medal and $150. The other contestant was Damascus High School Junior Nanga Awasum. All four contestants delivered excellent original orations about the United States Constitution, the perpetual topic of the annual American Legion High School Oratorical Contest.
Both Aditya and Emory were under the tutelage of Ms. Rachel Clements, a Clarksburg High School teacher, who attended the contest. Damascus High School teacher Steven Kachadorian mentored Gwendolyn and Nanga.

Judges for the contest were three Montgomery College professors, including Dr. Beverly Spencer, Dr. John L. Hare, and Professor Sharon Anthony

This is the 79th year that The American Legion has sponsored this contest. Winners progress successively from Post to each Legion level-- County, District, and State, and the winner of the State contest represents Maryland in the National finals in early April at The American Legion Headquarters in Indianapolis.  Contestants placing first, second and third in the National contest receive cash awards and scholarships totaling more than $20,000.

Students, including those who are home-schooled, interested in the 2016 contest should watch for announcements in September of this year.


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

(301) 253-0769

American Legion Post 171

Damascus, Maryland