Damascus American Legion Post 171


Welcome to our Website!

We are American Legion Post 171 in Damascus, Maryland. We are veterans, men, and women who have served honorably in the armed forces as 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 (Eligibility Requirements) (Joining) and Sons of the American Legion Squadron 171 (www.legion.org/sons).

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 Legion Family organizations meet monthly on the second Monday with the SAL and Unit meeting at 7 PM. The American Legion Post 171 meets at 7:30. All meetings are at the Post Home located at 10201 Lewis Drive, Damascus, Maryland 20872. 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.

Thank you for supporting the American Legion.
Steve Monteiro
Post Commander

 Upcoming Events 

Bingo begins again on September 7th!

On Thursday nights (except Holidays) - doors open at 5:00 PM and games start at 7:00 PM. A snack bar is also available!

WEATHER POLICY – We will make a decision based on the conditions by Noon on Thursdays whether or not to cancel and post at 301-253-0769, on Facebook at
and on the Post website at: legionpost171.org
Select the Bingo card below for game information.


Damascus Days Blood Drive

logo: American Red Cross

Blood Drive
Damascus United Methodist Church & Damascus Lions Club

September 8, 2023
10 am - 3:30 pm

Dining Hall
9700 New Church Street
Damascus, MD 20872

Register at www.redcrossblood.org with sponsor code DamascusUMCMD

or click here for more information.

Community Outreach Opportunity:

"Know Your Legion" at the Damascus Heritage Society Museum
June - September 2023


We have a chance to share the rich history of the American Legion and Post 171, Unit 171, and Squadron 171 with the community, and we need your help!

Please consider volunteering for a shift at the museum or allowing us to borrow memorabilia.

For more information on the exhibit, please click here.

You can also email Sam Lehanes, the Chair of this initiative, at thelehanes01@gmail.com for more information.

 Flag-Raising Ceremony

The staff and students of John T.  Baker Middle School are inviting you to attend a Flag-Raising Ceremony on Monday, September 11, 2023. There will be two consecutive ceremonies in front of the school. The first will begin at
8:45 am, and the second  will begin at 9:25 am.
Please show your support by attending!

This yearly tradition has a special meaning since a former teacher, CW4 Ruth lost his life on 9-11 at the Pentagon.
Select The Flag icon to view the invitation.
Select the 'Never Forget' icon to learn about CW4 Ruth.  

Martinsburg VA Canteen Fund Raiser

The American Legion Western MD Region 4, District 8 is sponsoring a Poker Run on Saturday, September 23rd (Rain or Shine). The ride begins at our Post at 8:30 am and the Legion Riders will depart at 9:00 am. Our Post will provide them with coffee and donuts. Let's greet them and wish them well on their trip. 

Recently held events:

Legion Baseball 

View pictures vs Clinton on 4 July 2023

View pictures of BBQ on 4 July 2023

View pictures vs Boonsboro on 5 July 2023

Military Family Fun Day

Select the icon to your left to view pictures of Legionnaires Keith Martin and Larry Matthews supporting Warrior Canine Connection  Healing Quarters located in Boyds, MD.

Results of the July 7th Blood Drive

logo: American Red Cross

Blood Drive
American Legion Post 171 & Damascus Lions Club


Total # of donors = 48

First time donors = 2

Units collected = 48

Potential # of lives saved = 112

To view the Red Cross thank you letter, select the American Red Cross icon to your left.


Post only events:

For a listing of all Post activities please go to the Events Calendar. Rental requests for event dates are being accepted. If you have a question regarding rentals, contact Anita Trotter, the Rental Agent, at Rentals or (301) 661-6904.

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