American Legion San Dieguito Post 416

Beach Party at the Legion – August 20 2023 at 11 AM

Join us on August 20, 2023 at 11:00 AM for a Beach Party.
All proceeds go towards supporting Woman Warriors for Women.

Music, Salsa Contest, Cake Walk, Dart Tournament, Fajita’s and all the fixin’s.

Bring the kids. Face-painting, Jumpy House, Corn-hole.

Cake Walk fee $5.00
Salsa judging fee $5.00 (11:00 AM to 1:00 PM)

Ask a bartender for the sign-up form.

Event sponsored by “POST, SON, AUXILLARY, and RIDERS.”

4th of July, 2023

Celebrate America’s birthday with us.

July 4, 2023

July 4, 2023. Come celebrate America’s birthday

The 4th of July is a day of celebration for all Americans, but for veterans, it holds a special meaning. This day marks the anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, which declared the United States a free and independent nation. For veterans, this day is a reminder of the sacrifices they made to protect that freedom.

For many veterans, the 4th of July is a day to reflect on their service. They may think about the friends and comrades they lost, the hardships they endured, and the challenges they overcame. They may also think about the pride they feel in having served their country.

The 4th of July is also a day for veterans to celebrate their freedom. They may spend time with family and friends, enjoy barbecues and fireworks, or simply relax and enjoy the day. For veterans, the 4th of July is a day to be grateful for the freedoms they enjoy and to remember those who made those freedoms possible.

How You Can Honor Veterans on the 4th of July

There are many ways to honor veterans on the 4th of July. Here are a few ideas:

  • Attend a local Fourth of July parade or ceremony. This is a great way to show your support for veterans and to learn more about their service.
  • Visit a veterans’ cemetery or memorial. This is a respectful way to remember those who have served our country.
  • Volunteer your time to a veterans’ organization. This is a great way to give back to those who have given so much.
  • Spend time with a veteran you know. This is a simple but meaningful way to show your appreciation for their service.

No matter how you honor veterans on the 4th of July, your gesture will be appreciated. Thank you for taking the time to remember those who have served our country.

Memorial Day Recap – Honoring Our Fallen Heroes: A Heartfelt Thank You to the Community

Memorial Day Ceremony Brings Together a Grateful Community

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The American Legion Post 416, would like to express our deepest gratitude to the community for their overwhelming participation in our Memorial Day Ceremony. With over 250 people gathering to honor our fallen veterans, the event truly embodied the spirit of remembrance and unity that this special day represents.

We are incredibly grateful to Filhart Beef of Poway, CA, for their generous donation of burgers and brats, which added a delicious touch to our gathering. Their support and commitment to honoring our heroes are greatly appreciated, and their contribution made a significant impact on the success of the event.

Additionally, we are thrilled to announce that the Memorial Day Ceremony not only brought our community together but also raised money to support the American Legion’s various community programs. These funds will enable us to continue our mission of providing assistance and support to veterans and their families, as well as other essential community initiatives.

The presence of Captain Royce Williams, a Korean War veteran, was a true honor for all in attendance. Captain Williams’ selfless service, bravery, and unwavering dedication to our country inspire us all. His presence reminded us of the sacrifices made by countless veterans, and we are grateful for the opportunity to pay tribute to his remarkable service.

Furthermore, we had the privilege of celebrating the 99th birthday of World War II veteran, Arthur Harris, during the event. This milestone served as a powerful reminder of the enduring spirit and resilience of our veterans. We salute this exceptional individual for his bravery and extend our warmest wishes for many more years of happiness and good health.

The Memorial Day Ceremony was a testament to the unity and gratitude within our community. It reminded us of the importance of honoring the memory of our fallen heroes and expressing our appreciation for those who have served and continue to serve our great nation.

Once again, we would like to extend our sincerest thanks to every individual who attended the event, as well as the generous contributions from Filhart Beef and the participation by Scout Troops 774; 776; 777; 779 and 797. Cub Scout Packs 772 and Retired Marine Master Sergeant Julian Gonzalez for the flag unfurling. Your outpouring of kindness and camaraderie humbles us.

As we move forward, let us remember the sacrifices made by our veterans and continue to support and honor them in every way we can. Together, we can create a community that cherishes the memory of our fallen heroes and provides unwavering support to those who have served.

Thank you, once again, for your time and for joining us in commemorating the heroes who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.


The Post will be closed on Saturday, April 22, 2023 starting at 3 PM.

There is a private event from 5PM to 10 PM and only invited guests may attend.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

The Post will resume normal operating hours on Monday, April 24, 2023.


Post 416 Management

Dinner to honor Captain E. Royce Williams USN, Retired

San Dieguito American Legion Post 416 is honoring Captain E. Royce Williams USN, Retired, Navy Cross and American Legion Medal of Valor recipient.  Seventy years ago in the skies over North Korea, U.S. Navy fighter pilot Royce Williams bravely pulled off the greatest feats in aviation history. For 35 minutes, he engaged solo in an aerial dogfight with seven Soviet MiG-15 pilots, downing at least four jets before escaping to land his heavily damaged F9F-5 Panther jet on a U.S. aircraft carrier.

Join us to celebrate and honor Captain Williams. We expect this dinner to sell out fast so don’t delay!

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Date: February 26, 2023

Time: Cocktail Hour starts at 4 PM followed by 5 PM  Buffet Dinner

Location: Lomas Santa Fe Country Club

Attire: Formal encouraged, Business acceptable

Cost: $125 per person


Photo: Lt. Royce Williams observes some of the damage his F9F-5 Panther sustained in combat with 7 Soviet MiG-15s on November 18 1952. (Photo courtesy of U.S. Naval Institute)

American Legion Ball on the Rise

Post 416 is proud of our Commander Peter-Rolf Ohnstad “Pops” efforts with American Legion baseball. Read the whole story here:

“For decades, American Legion baseball was the dominant summer program for high school age players.

San Diego teams produced Hall of Famers Ted Williams and Alan Trammell along with World Series hero Don Larson.

Tony Gwynn, Trevor Hoffman, Randy Jones, Dave Winfield, Kris Bryant, Wil Myers and Padres manager Bob Melvin all played American Legion baseball.

However, with the advent of travel ball, American Legion baseball nearly went extinct, until Peter-Rolf Ohnstad and a dedicated band of San Diegans revived the “No-pay-to-play” program in 2018.”



Encinitas Mayoral Debate video

Encinitas American Legion Post 416 held its first Encinitas Mayoral Debate Thursday, June 23 from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM between Jeff Morris, Tony Kranz and Michael Blove. American Legion Post 416 is committed to civil responsibility and has remained so since it’s founding in 1932. This live debate gave the candidates the personal opportunity, beyond social media, to explain their positions on the current challenges and opportunities facing Encinitas as well as answer audience questions in a civil venue. Post membership was not required to attend and we had a fabulous showing from our community. Please stay engaged with our Post for other community focused events!!!

Read coverage in the local news here:

If you missed visiting us at the Post watch the debate here: