Legion of Honor

The Legion of Honor was originated on February 3, 1925 with 60 members, and many more waiting to become members. The first Commander was Charles Owen.

Objectives and Purpose: To provide Damascus Temple a unit or organization to accommodate all eligible servicemen, ex servicemen and veterans of the Armed Forces of the United States of America or his Country who are members in good standing of Damascus Shrine for comradeship and fraternity, to encourage and promote a Spirit of Patriotism, Love of Country and Flag.

Membership requirements: You must be active duty service member or ex service member to be a regular member and only regular members can hold an office in the Legion. You must prove your eligibility with your ID card for active service or your discharge papers.

Honorary Membership you must be a member of the Shrine and be proposed by a regular member and have your name presented to the Executive Committee who will in turn investigate the candidate and make its recommendation to the membership.

Membership Fees Initiation fee $30.00 annual dues $20.00 per year.

The Officers of the Legion are elected each year in January.  Their corresponding rank, in the service of the US Army, is as follows:

  • Commander: Colonel
  • First Lt. Commander: Lt. Colonel
  • Second Lt. Commander: Major
  • Third Lt. Commander: Captain
  • Adjutant: Captain
  • Two Executive Committee members: No Rank
  • Delegates and Alternates to the International Legion of Honor: No Rank

The appointed officers are Financial Officer, Chaplain, Personnel Officer, Sergeant at Arms and the JAG Officer.

The Legion of Honor meets on the 2nd Wednesday of the month, except July and August.  It is up to the Commander, to decide each year where the meeting will be held. This year all meetings will be held at the Shrine Center. Social Hour is 5PM to 6PM with Dinner at 6PM at a nominal fee followed by the meeting at 7PM.

At every Legion meeting you can witness the moving ceremony of the Missing Man. This ceremony reflects on those Veterans still missing in action on foreign shores.Click here to download and view the POW-MIA Missing Man Program

The Officers for 2010

  • Commander: Kenneth R. Milner
  • 1st Lt. Commander: Fred Ludwig
  • Adjutant and JAG Officer: Cyrus Kloner, Past Potentate1994 and Past Commander 1990
  • Financial Officer: James A. Slocum Past Commander 2001
  • Chaplain: Vance R. Collom Past Commander 2007
  • Sergeant at Arms: James H. Pray Past Commander 1997

If you are interested in becoming a member speak to any of the officer of the Legion or Call the Shrine Office at 671-7701 or E-Mail the Commander John R. Faro at rjfaro@netzero.net, or the 1st Lt. Commander Kenneth R. Milner at kemilner@frontiernet.net

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