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We hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving and was able to spend time with their family.

It seemed really strange not to be able to celebrate our Veterans in a way that we are accustomed to, but hopefully, Veterans were recognized for their service to our country.

December will bring another quiet month to the Legion, as there will not be Breakfast with Santa or a Ham & Turkey Night events. It’s a shame because both have been successful events in the past.

Don’t forget to pay your dues. If you are interested in becoming a member, stop by the Legion (8 Park Lane in Thurmont), and pick up an application.

The Legion will also be closed on Thursday, December 24, and Friday, December 25, in observance of Christmas. Please enjoy this time with your family!

The kitchen remains open Wednesday through Friday, 5:00-8:00 p.m., while the Legion is open.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Thurmont American Legion Post 168

Happy Veterans Day!  Who/What is a Veteran?  Title 38 of the Code of Federal Regulations defines a Veteran as “a person who served in the active military, naval, or air service and who was discharged or released under conditions other than dishonorable.”

To show our appreciation to our Veterans, if you are a member at Thurmont American Legion, please stop by Post 168 on Wednesday, November 12, between noon-9:00 p.m., to receive a thank you for your service from the Auxiliary. Show your love to our Veterans by wearing a Poppy for the month of November, or all year round! Don’t have a Poppy to wear? We have a fix for that. To pick up your poppy to wear (for a donation to the Veterans), you can stop by Main Street Thurmont (11 Water Street), Monday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, from noon-4:00 p.m.; Marie’s Beauty Salon (21 Meadow Lane; call 301-271-4551 for hours); or the Thurmont American Legion (8 Park Lane), Monday through Sunday, from noon-11:00 p.m.).

Interested in becoming a Legion member? Thanks to the LEGION Act, we can now have more members: Stop by the Legion and ask for an application to join as a Legion member, Son of a Legion member (SAL), or an Auxiliary member.

The kitchen is open Wednesday through Friday, from 5:00-8:00 p.m. Call to place your order at 301-271-4411 for carryout, or you can eat in our dining area. Remember, you do not need to be a member to enjoy the awesome specials and regular menu items we offer, just follow us on Facebook: The American Legion Post 168. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family! Stay safe and healthy.

Thurmont American Legion Post 168

Ed Gravatt, Past Commander

Just in case any of you haven’t noticed, the Town of Thurmont did an excellent job in cleaning up after Colorfest, and wasn’t it a beautiful weekend. I want to send out a big “Thank You” to several members of our Sons of the American Legion for their tireless efforts getting our Octoberfest set up and cleaned up. Without their assistance, it wouldn’t have come off so effortlessly. Now we can start planning for next year.

In the past couple of months, we have had to do some extensive repairs, and there will be a handicap restroom in the near future. All of this required some patience, both on our part and from members who had to contend with our construction mess and inconveniences.

There is some really good entertainment here at the Legion this month. On Saturday, November 4, 5 1/2 Men will be here again; pretty soon, they might have to change their name to 5 3/4 Men. They are a very good band, playing a variety of music from country to Rock to Pop. On November 11, we have the honor to have the Catoctin High School Safe & Sane Dance here again this year. This is an excellent event, raising funds to help keep our Kids SAFE, and out of trouble. On November 17, we will have TC Beats in our party room.

Please remember that our kitchen is open on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday evenings, from 5:00-8:00 p.m. Doreen and Christi do a wonderful job; we are lucky to have them.  The soups and specials from our kitchen are made from scratch and could compare to any of the finest restaurants around. Come on out for a good meal. Join us for the Ace of Hearts drawing on Wednesdays or for Bingo on Thursdays, along with  some great entertainment on most Fridays.

We, here at the Edwin C Creeger American Legion Post 168, would like to wish all of you a very Happy Thanksgiving. For any of you who may be venturing into the wilderness this month in search of the elusive White Tail Deer, please have a safe and successful hunt.

The Thurmont Top Shots are the youth shooting sports athletes that participate in the youth trapshooting program at the Thurmont Conservation and Sportsman’s Club.

With the support of the Thurmont American Legion Post 168, eight members of the Top Shots participated in the 2017 AIM Grand National Championships, held at the World Shooting and Recreational Complex in Sparta, Illinois, from July 28-August 1, 2017, the largest shooting event of its kind. The Top Shots were awarded the American Legion Champion Squad in the trapshooting singles competition for the second year in a row.

Individual awards were presented to Stephanie Kennedy, who was the Junior, Class C Doubles Champion; and PJ Hinch, who placed tenth in the Junior Handicap competition.

For more information on how to join the Thurmont Top Shot shooting program or if you have any questions, you can contact Coach Dan Neuland at

Congratulations to the Thurmont Top Shots!

Pictured from left are Josh Runion, Kyle Snowden, Stephanie Kennedy, Nathaniel Neuland, Blake Seonarain, Jack Stohlman, Shane Biser, and PJ Hinch.

On June 14, 2017, a Flag Day Ceremony at Thurmont’s Memorial Park was hosted by the communities of Emmitsburg and Thurmont, with the support of Thurmont American Legion Post 168, Emmitsburg American Legion Post 121, Thurmont Amvets Post 7, and Emmitsburg VFW Post 6658. Area Boy Scouts, Girls Scouts, Cub Scouts, Brownies, and Venture Crew helped with the Flag Retirement portion of the ceremony. Thanks to those representing our Veterans organizations and Scouts for helping celebrate the 240th Anniversary of the adoption of the United States flag by the Second Continental Congress on June 14, 1777.

Thurmont American Legion Post 168

Ed Gravatt, Past Commander
Guess what? It’s time for Colorfest already! Get the swimming pools covered and start raking those leaves. It’s time to get the air conditioners covered or taken out of the windows and to fill up those oil tanks—old man winter is on its way.

Speaking of Colorfest, here at the Legion, there is 140 spaces for vendors. There will also be almost anything you may desire to eat, along with delicious desserts and an adult beverage of your choice. For you football fans, there are several TVs—with college football on Saturday and NFL on Sunday, in our beer garden.

Starting in October, we will again be having entertainment every weekend, mostly on Fridays, but also on a couple of Saturday nights, just to make it interesting. On Saturday, October 29, our Halloween party is always a fun time. This year, we are having Jimmy James with DJ/Karaoke. Don’t forget to wear your costume!

The ace of hearts is going well; at the time of this writing, there is in excess of $10,000 in the pot. Come on down, even if you are a member of a different legion—somebody is going to win sooner or later.

On Sundays during the NFL season, there are several TVs with the Direct TV NFL package—no reason you cannot watch the game of your choice. The kitchen is here on Wednesday for the ace of hearts crew, Thursday for the bingo players, and Friday night dinners with some specials and good burgers. On Sunday, there is a good selection of items that Art served up for your enjoyment while you enjoy the games.

After this month, we will be closing out pavilion for the winter, so if you want to use it, check with us for availability. Our ballroom upstairs is available for rental, full kitchen, bar and the largest wooden dance floor in Frederick County—perfect for a reception, a dinner, or for almost any type of event.

Sons of AMVETS Squadron 7

On Sunday, November 13, 2016, the Sons of AMVETS Squadron 7 is hosting a free Veterans Breakfast, from 7:00-11:00 a.m. They will honor all Veterans with a free buffet-style breakfast; for the family of the Veteran, the cost will be $5.00 for adults; $2.50 for ages seven to fourteen; and free for ages six and under. This event is open to the public.
Mark your calendar for Saturday, November 19, 2016, for the Sons of AMVETS Squadron 7’s Steamed Shrimp & Fried Chicken Feed. Doors will open at 3:00 p.m. The cost is $20.00 per person and includes sides and beverage. This event is open to the public. Proceeds benefit the community and Veterans.

The Thurmont American Legion Post 168 Auxiliary is looking for Active Duty and Veterans who live in Thurmont and the surrounding communities. More information will be available once we hear from you.

Please mail your name, address, telephone number, and email address to: Thurmont American Legion Post 168, ATTENTION Lisa M. Reed, 8 Park Lane, Thurmont, MD 21788.