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

  • 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