Damascus Legion Bingo Restarts September 3rd

After a two-month summer break, the Damascus American Legion Post 171 resumes its Thursday Cash Bingo on September 3rd at the Post Home at 10201 Lewis Drive in Damascus. Doors open at 5 PM and games start at 7 PM.  Vegas games with cash prizes start at least an hour before bingo begins. Good food is also available at reasonable prices. Come join us for fun and fellowship as we raise funds to support our veterans, children and youth activities, and local community service. Call (301) 253-0769 for more 


Flag Retirement at Damascus American Legion

Please join the Damascus American Legion Family for a special Flag retirement ceremony on Saturday evening, September 19th, beginning at 6 PM, at our Post Home at 10201 Lewis Drive in Damascus 20872. We will adhere strictly to
prescribed process for disposing of worn and unusable American Flags with dignity and respect. This is an excellent opportunity for your children and grandchildren to learn about this aspect of being an American. In planning this ceremony, we have worked closely with the Washington Nationals and arranged to retire several of their Flags that have flown over Nationals Park. The Damascus Volunteer Fire Department, the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 171, and Sons of the American Legion Squadron 171 will assist the Post, and refreshments will be served following the ceremony. If you desire to have your Flag retired, please drop it off behind the Post home not later than September 11th.


​​​Damascus American Legion Delegates 
Attend State Convention in Ocean City

The American Legion Department of Maryland held its annual convention in Ocean city during the week of July 12th. Damascus Post 171 sent eight delegates who are pictured above. Left to right in the front row are 
Adjutant  Scott Earhardt, Will Cole, Commander Kevin Mook, and Finance Officer Ching-Yao Yu. In the second row are Bill Dunn, Past Commander Bernie Moxley, Senior, Past Commander Sam Baughman, and First Vice 
Commander Bernie Moxley, Junior. State Chaplain Will Trotter, a Post 171 member, is pictured in the last row.  Post 171 won the State Americanism and Scrapbook awards again for several years in a row.


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.


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