Damascus American Legion Memorializes Fallen Veterans
Pictured are the memorials to our fallen veterans at American Legion Post 171 in Damascus, presented at the Post’s annual Memorial Day service on Sunday afternoon, May 27th.
On the left, small American flags were carried and placed by members of the Damascus Legion Auxiliary Unit 171 in memory of each of the thirteen Post members who transferred to Post Everlasting since Memorial Day 2017.
In the middle is the POW/MIA empty chair and table honoring the thousands of American veterans who are prisoners-of-war and missing-in-action around the globe.
On the right are the flower arrangements presented by local civic and service organizations in the greater Damascus community. The Browningsville Cornet Band provided a prelude of patriotic music to open the service. First Vice Commander Tony DeShiro served as the master of ceremonies. The keynote speaker was Montgomery County business owner and chief election judge Kathleen “Kat” O’Connor, who spoke about American values defended by our fallen veterans.
Other highlights of the service included the playing of “Amazing Grace” by the Montgomery County Police Pipers, the audience singing “God Bless America,” the rendering of a Gun Salute by the Rockville Legion Post 86 Honor Guard Firing Squad, and the playing of Taps by Carl Rosey, a trumpeter in the Browningsville Band.
Following the service, the Auxiliary Unit served lunch to the more than 100 attendees.
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 (www.legion.org) 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 (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
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 email@example.com.
American Legion Post 171