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We need your help with security for the Honoring our American Flag event.

We need your help!

We need Legion members to chaperone the security detail on Sunday night from 6:30 pm to 7:30 am. It could be broken up into a couple of shifts:

6:30pm - 01:00am 

01:00 am - 07:30 am

If more of you will step up, we can break up the shifts to a much more reasonable period of time.  

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Honoring The American Flag over Memorial Day Weekend

All,  an update on our post's annual flag display, beginning this week.  

We are scheduled to set up at Jones Family Park (northwest corner of Old Lebanon Dirt Road and Mt. Juliet Road) on Thursday, May 21st beginning at 8:00 a.m. with the flag display remaining open until 2:00 pm on Monday, May 25th.  If you can, we will need members of the post to help with closing things down Monday at 2:00 pm and then moving all of the display flags and support equipment to the Britt's home, for storage.  

There are 200 flags and rebar to install plus the tents. 

This is our 8th year to Honor America's Flag, sponsored by American Legion Post 281 and the West Wilson Exchange Club, supported by the City of Mount Juliet.

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Armed Forces Day, Lunch With The Heroes @ Mission BBQ

 

 

 

Each year Mission BBQ sponsors an Armed Forces Week culminating in Armed Forces Day.  Tomorrow 16 May 2020, they will provide you a free sandwich from 11:00 -14:00, at their location in the Opry Mills Mall, in Nashville.  This takes place at all Mission BBQ places across America. Manager Mary Roberts of the Nashville location is a special friend to our post and we need to support her as much as she supports us.

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May 2020 Newsletter

I hope you are all well and surviving the Stay-at-home conditions.

We have a busy May ahead of us. We will be able to hold a Post meeting at Charlie Daniels Park on May 12 at 6 pm (please note the time change for this meeting). We will practice social distancing and ask everyone to wear a mask to protect your fellow Legionnaires. Our Officers for the upcoming year will be installed at this meeting.

We will also hold our Flag event, with a few changes. The event will be May 21-25 and will be at Jones Family Park on MJ Rd. The intent of the event will be to uplift the community in these trying times, instead of raising funds this year. More information will be provided. This is my last article as Commander of Post 281. It has been both a good and challenging year.

I sincerely appreciate all of the members of our Post and Post family. I thank the Officers, Appointees, Committees, and volunteers for their hard work. It is my honor to serve in Post 281.

Brenda J Thompson
Commander

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Post-meeting for May 12th, Charlie Daniels Park, 6:00 pm

YES, you read that correctly.   AL Post 281 will conduct our regular meeting for the month of May this coming Tuesday the 12th of May at Charlie Daniels Park in Mt. Juliet at outdoor pavilion # 2, starting at 6:00 PM.

This is the same pavilion where we held our Post-wide family picnic last September.  There is plenty of parking for cars and a limited number of picnic tables in the pavilion that can be used for seating.    YES, we are aware of the restrictions on public gatherings, but we have been approved by the City Manager to meet as long as we ascribe to the proper protocol of social distancing in this Corona Virus world we live in. That being said, please bring a face mask and wear it.  Elbow bumps are to replace handshaking but are not required.  Bring your own chair to sit on.  Bring anything you think you will need to attend in a safe manner.  We will install the new Commander Max Wix and your post staff officers at this meeting.  We have to do some planning for our Honoring the American Flag display that we are conducting over Memorial Day holiday as well, and we have a few other items of business to discuss and review.  We plan on keeping the meeting short and to the point.   LOOK for more information in our newsletter which will come out this weekend.  

2020 Honoring our American Flag

Fellow Legionnaires, Friends, Family

For Your Information:

Mt. Juliet Post 281 will be co-sponsoring our 8th annual "Honoring America's Flag" event. The event begins on Thursday, May 21st, and ends on Memorial Day May 25th. This is a five-day event. The Mayor and City Commissioners have given us permission now that some of the Coronavirus restrictions have been lifted.

The location is in Mt. Juliet at the Jones Family Park which is located on the northwest corner of the intersection of Mt. Juliet Rd and Old Lebanon Dirt Road, about 2 miles north of Interstate 40. It's in the center of town.  There is plenty of parking.

We install hundreds of flags on a large open field for five days. The event is open to the public and we have always had a great turnout from the community, business leaders, and politicians. At night, we have spotlights that illuminate the flags which creates a beautiful scene. Many people come out to take pictures during the day and at night. If people want to purchase a flag to take home, we place a tag with a yellow ribbon and tie it to a flag. Each tag has the name of the purchaser along with "In Honor Of" or "In Memory Of" and the name of the individual. Usually, it is the name of a veteran but anyone may purchase a flag for any reason. At the end of the event, the purchaser takes the flag home.

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The 2020 Post elections are complete

The election is over and successful. 62 of our members voted.

All candidates were elected. The new officers will begin their term for the month of June.

Your new officers are:

Commander --  Max Wix

1st Vice Cdr --   Pat Costanzo

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Sam Langham's wife passing

With regrets, we must share the sad news that Sam Langham's wife of 72 years passed on the 16th of the month.   Martha's passing has been very hard for Sam to cope with due to the health issues he has experienced lately.  This loss has made his recovery even harder.  Information about Martha's Celebration Service is provided on this link:  https://www.dignitymemorial.com/obituaries/nashville-tn/martha-langham-9137380    If you would like to send Sam a card, his address is 103 Pascal Drive in Mt. Juliet, TN, 37122.     If you know Sam, a visit would be wonderful.  If you have his phone number please call him to give him a perk up.  

Post meeting for 14th of April has been cancelled

Dear Members of Post 281,

This message is sent to remind you that our post meeting for the 14th of April has been cancelled due to the Coronavirus restriction we are all faced with.  At this time we are not sure what the near future looks like in regards to May's meeting, but we will keep you updated through this method of notification.   

With our nominations and elections occurring and finalizing by the 10th of April, it is important that you contact CDR Thompson with your agreement to those who have been nominated, or you can nominate someone else if you would like.   You "should have" received an email from her with detailed guidance about the nominations.   Please contact her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have not done so already.  

Be Safe,

Adjutant Ward

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All members of Post 281, update as of March 18th, 2020

With the current advisories about the COVID-19/Coronavirus, all scheduled activities related to Post 281 are postponed until the end of March.     

National Emergency Fund (NEF) information:   For members who have suffered a loss due to the recent tornados in our area, the National Emergency Fund from the American Legion is available to help in your recovery costs.  An application must be completed within 90 days of the event (March 2nd).  Any active Legion member can apply, not just members from Post 281. Contact us through the “contact” link provided on this web-site if you need more information, and you can open the application through the link provided below.    

NEF_Application.pdf

We will advise members of updates as more information is available.   Be smart, be safe, and be positive.