Damascus American Legion Supports Schools’ U.S. Flag Raising Ceremonies for the National Veterans Day Holiday

Members of American Legion Post 171 will participate in special Veterans Day ceremonies at local schools throughout the greater Damascus community. The public is invited to attend any or all of the flag-raising ceremonies listed below:


Friday, Nov 7th, 9:00 AM Rockwell Elementary 

Monday, Nov 10th, 9:30 AM Gibbs Elementary

Tuesday, Nov 11th, 9:00 AM, Clearspring Elementary

Tuesday, Nov 11th, 9:30 AM, Damascus Elementary

Tuesday, Nov 11th, 2:00 PM, Windsor Knolls Middle School, Iamsville

Wednesday, Nov 12th, 9:00 AM, Wims Elementary, Clarksburg


Post 171 also welcomes the public for a special Veterans Day service beginning at 10:30 AM on Tuesday, November 11th, at the Post Home at 10201 Lewis Drive in Damascus.


Damascus American
Legion Oyster Roast


Come join us at our Oyster Roast on Saturday, November 15th, one of our principal fund-raisers for the many activities we sponsor to benefit charities, veterans, youth and community.  All-you-can-eat oyster stew, oysters--raw, fried and steamed--and fried chicken with tasty sides and beverages.  Doors open at 5 PM, dinner is from 6-8 PM, and music by the Second Chance Band begins at 7:30 PM. Seafood costs have soared, so ticket prices are $30 each when purchased in advance and $35 each at the door. Most credit cards accepted. Call Paula at (661) 618-7638 or Sam at (301) 831-3216 to purchase advance tickets. The Post Home is located at 10201 Lewis Drive in Damascus.


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