Damascus American Legion Post 171


Welcome to our Post 171!

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).

We raise money for our veterans and youth support, activities, and charitable community donations with weekly cash bingo, rentals, and public events like dinners and dances at various times each year. We invite you to join us for these events.

Our Legion Family meets monthly on the second Monday with the Unit meeting at 7 PM and the Post meeting 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 or Auxiliary, please email info@legionpost171.org or leave a message at (301) 253-0769. NOTE: This is an unattended land-line...be sure to leave your phone number in your message. 

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

 Upcoming Events 

Supporting Our Youth

Post 171 has several special activities for area youth. 

One is the annual National Constitutional Speech Contest. Our winner will compete at the regional level and the winners after that go to state and national levels. 

Also known as the Oratorical Contest, our Post competition will be:

Saturday, February 3rd at 10:00 am. 

These programs are currently in the Application Process. Contact us if you want to know more about: 

  • College Scholarships for High School Seniors 
  • Essay Contest for Elementary Students
  • Boys State - June 16-22, 2024
  • Girls State - June 16-21, 2024

We also support Scouting, Youth Camps, Baseball, and, later in the year, we'll support the Damascus Fair awards and Poster Contest.  

American Legion Post 178 to Hold Annual Constitution Speech Competition ...


Bingo is on!

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.


Supporting Veterans at the Lorien Assisted Living Community

On the second Wednesday of every month, Post 171 members visit Lorien Veterans and others for commaraderie and special events. 

Our activities start at 9:30 am. We often have a speaker on veterans topics, history or current event and services. 

Join us at: 713 Midway Ave, Mt Airy, MD 21771


Lorien Health Services Logo - 1-800-735-2258


Clip art cartoon pancakes clipart clipart kid image #40061 Following long tradition, Post 171 has resumed our monthly pancake breakfast for members and guests. Join us on the second Saturday of every month, from 7:30 - 9:30 am. For a donation, get your fill of pancakes, french toast, sausage, eggs, bisquits, and more! 

Blood Drive

logo: American Red Cross

Blood Drive
Damascus Post 171

July 12, 2024
10 am - 3:30 pm

10201 Lewis Drive
Damascus, MD 20872

Register at www.redcrossblood.org 


Event Calendar:

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.

Recently held events:

Veteran Service with the Home Depot

Post 171 is beginning a partnership with Home Depot to assist veterans in our area. This is with the Bethesda store location team and using a grant from the Home Depot Foundation, part of the Team Depot “Operation Surprise” program. 

Volunteer with your fellow Post members at 8 am to 3 pm, Thursday, November 16th, in Derwood, Maryland (address given to attendees)  Contact the Post Adjutant to volunteer.



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


Results of the Recent Blood Drive

logo: American Red Cross

Blood Drive
American Legion Post 171 & Damascus Lions Club


Thank you!

Units collected = 42

Potential # of lives saved = 112

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


Community Outreach: In September we completed our"Know Your Legion" at the Damascus Heritage Society Museum


We shared the rich history of the American Legion and Post 171, Unit 171, and Squadron 171 with the community.

For more information on the exhibit, please click here.



 Veteran's Day Ceremonies

Post 171 hosted a Veteran's Day ceremony at the post home on Friday November 10th beginning at 10:30 am. 

This year we attended ceremonies at four local schools: 

  • Rockwell ES at 0830 on Friday the 10th
  • Damascus at 0945 on Friday the 10th
  • Clearspring at 0930 on Monday the 13th
  • Gibbs 1015 at on Monday the 13th

Please show your support by attending!

Martinsburg VA Canteen Fund Raiser

The American Legion Western MD Region 4, District 8 sponsored a Poker Run on Saturday, October 28th (Rain or Shine). The ride begins at our Post at 9:00 am and the Legion Riders will depart at 10:00 am. Our Post will provide them with coffee and donuts. Let's greet them and wish them well on their trip. 


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