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With deepest regrets, we mourn the passing of Sam B. Langham.




Samuel B. Langham Jr.

SEPTEMBER 30, 1923 – AUGUST 20, 2021

Samuel B. Langham, Jr., age 97, departed this life on August 20, 2021. He was born in Nashville, Tennessee on September 30, 1923 to the late Sam B. Langham Sr. and Louise Sims Langham. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his wife of 72 years, Martha Harris Langham. He was a member of Saturn Drive Baptist Church for over 60 Years. Sam was a mail carrier for the United States Postal Service for over 25 years in the Donelson and Nashville areas. Sam was also a member of the American Legion Post 281 in Mount Juliet.

Sam is survived by his daughters, Laura Harris Langham, of Overland Park, Kansas and Lesia (Preston) Goddard of Mount Juliet, Tennessee;

A Gathering of family and friends will be held from four until seven in the evening on Monday, August 23, 2021 and again on Tuesday, August 24, from ten o’clock until eleven o’clock in the morning. at Woodlawn-Roesch-Patton Funeral Home.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held at eleven o’clock in the morning on Tuesday, August 24, 2021 in Dignity Hall of Woodlawn-Roesch-Patton Funeral Home where the service will be streamed live @ Woodlawn-Roesch,with Interment to follow in Woodlawn Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made in Sam’s honor to the Nashville Rescue Mission, Shiner’s Children Hospital and the Nashville Humane Society.

August 2021 Newsletter

Our new publishing date for the Newsletter

Our new publishing date for the NewsletterIf you are accustomed to receiving and reading the newsletter via the internet, you probably noticed that we did not send it out before our August meeting. We are attempting to make the newsletter more informative and pertinent to the workings of our post and useful to you as our members. You can expect a brief reminder of the upcoming meeting with a brief agenda of the planned events to be “pushed” through our website to each subscriber. Then, after the meeting, we will summarize the meeting and post any additional information that pertains to the day-to-day business of our post shortly thereafter.


Fellow Legionnaires, family, and friends We hope that this newsletter finds you and your families healthy and doing well. As mentioned, we hope the later publishing of our newsletter following each monthly meeting will keep you better informed. In 1919, The American Legion was founded on four pillars: Veterans Affairs & Rehabilitation, National Security, Americanism, and Children & Youth. Our goal as a post is to base all our activities and focus on promoting these pillars in our community. We were honored to have the following Guests: TN Department District Commander Bill Green. Also in attendance were Past Post 281 Commanders Lew Hightower and Brenda Thompson. There is no greater honor you may bestow upon a fellow veteran and their family than participating in ceremonies celebrating the life of a veteran and their service to our country. The total military honors rendered, from the 2010 inception of Post 281 Honor Guard Team, now stands at 400. A lot of effort and commitment went into this. This is quite a feat for a small post such as ours. (See the included article)…

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Post meeting, Tuesday, Aug 10th, @ 6 PM


Fellow 281 Members,


A quick reminder of our up coming meeting, tomorrow night (10th of August) at the Mt. Juliet Senior Activity Center, starting at 6:00 pm.   Yes, pizza and soft drinks will be available and the meeting starts after everyone has had a chance to enjoy some food and fellowship.  


We have a lot to cover:   

1. Celebrate the achievement of our Honor Guard’s 400th funeral honors or veterans support service.   

2.  Students from MJHS will share their experiences with attending Boys State last May.                     ( Learning how our democracy works at county, state, and the U.S.legislative, judicial and executive levels.)   

3.  Anthony (Tony) Stevens, Assistant Chief, Volunteer Services, from the VA in Murfreesboro, will discuss their support services for Veterans. 

4.  The 281 Auxiliary President, Gwinne Queener,  will discuss the plans for a Veterans Memorial Walk that is projected to be constructed in Robinson Park this Fall, and how our post can support this community effort.   

5.  Plus updates on our Post’s Reverse Raffle, our Post Picnic on 11 September,  and planning efforts for Halloween in the Park in October.   


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Reverse Raffle, Friday, September 17, 2021 at the Hermitage Golf Course


 For tickets, call any of the following members at the number listed: Will @ phone 615-319-2179, Demlar @ 615-364-3619, Steve  @ 615-419-5009, Max @ 615-626-4087, Keith @ 615-337-0005, Terry@ 615-519-6523, or Fred @ 615-598-8363 or can contact members of the Reverse Raffle committee by replying to the “contact me” at the top of the website


Mt. Juliet American Legion Post #281 invites you to participate in our 2021 Reverse Raffle. 

The Raffle is being held on Friday, September 17, 2021 at the Hermitage Golf Course at 3939 Old Hickory Blvd, Old Hickory, TN, starting at 6:00pm with a buffet meal.  Funds raised during the raffle will help our post meeting our goal of giving back to the community of Mt. Juliet.  

The drawing for the winning ticket of $10,000 dollars will start at 7:00 pm and continue until there is one winner remaining.  Tickets are $100 each, with only 300 tickets are being sold.  Your odds of winning the Grand Prize are less than 300 to 1. 

Your $100 dollar ticket admits two to enjoy the buffet and to be eligible for door prizes.  For tickets, call any of the following members at the number listed: Will @ phone 615-319-2179, Demlar @ 615-364-3619, Steve  @ 615-419-5009, Max @ 615-626-4087, Keith @ 615-337-0005, Terry@ 615-519-6523, or Fred @ 615-598-8363 or can contact members of the Reverse Raffle committee by replying to the “contact me” at the top of the website if you have any question and would like to buy a ticket.   Please, we can only offer this contest to adults, 21 years of age or older.      

Update on MyLegion.Org online membership payment


Fellow Post 281 of Mt. Juliet Members,

The transition to the newer American Legion Website ( ) was supposed to occur at the beginning of our new 2021 calendar year.  We are still experiencing several issues with its “roll out” to where it is functioning correctly, but some of the basic tools and options are there.

YOU CAN PAY YOUR DUES FOR THE NEW 2021/2022 MEMBERSHIP YEAR ON THE MY LEGION WEB SITE.  If you will follow all their prompts and give them your credit card information , the membership payment works.  UNFORTUNATELY, if you choose that option, I do NOT get notified when you make your payment, as in the past.  Currently I must pull up a working information file (data base) and then I can see  an effective year with your file.  After your online payment, the record will reflect paid for 2022.  If you pay online, PLEASE send me a quick email and let me know by sending me a quick message at the “contact us” link on this site or by sending me an email to  I will then mail your 2022 membership card to you and update my “hard copy” record too.   

I have all membership cards for American Legion Post 281 at my home.   I will mail yours to you within a few days of your online payment.

As in the past, I would prefer that you mail your $45.00 check to our mailbox (Address:  AL Post 281, PO Box 67, Mt. Juliet, TN, 37122) or that you bring a check or cash to our next post meeting on Aug 10th.  On the other hand, if the online payment seems to be your best method of staying current, it works too.     

Best regards to all,


Your Adjutant, Terry Ward  

July 2021 Minutes

Tyler Cates American Legion Post 281, MT. JULIET, TN


At 1815 hrs., doors opened to Mt Juliet Senior Center (MJSC) . Pizza and drinks were provided by the post for those in attendance and members as in past months supplied by the SGT at Arms, Smith. Six guests at the meeting were: Charles Licari (joined post) Robert (Bob) Steuck, (joined post) Shawn Taylor (planning to transfer membership, Mike Moss (joined) Joe Eaton (joined) and Dean Gregory ( joined).

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National Headquarters update on incorrect dues announcement.



This morning we experienced a technical issue with our email service provider and you may have received a renewal email from us with the incorrect membership dues amount. Please disregard this email.

Steps are being taken to eliminate this from occurring in future communications.
We apologize for any confusion or inconvenience. No further action from you is required. 
Thank you,

The American Legion


July 2021 Newsletter


Fellow Legionnaires, family and friends As always, we hope that this newsletter finds you and your families healthy and all doing well. Both VA TVHS campuses in Murfreesboro and Nashville and local medical facilities within Middle Tennessee continue to administer the COVID 19 vaccinations and Flu shots.

We continue to celebrate our community’s involvement and success with Memorial Day weekend 9th Annual Honor America’s Flag Event. We thank Nancy Britt and her family and the West Wilson Exchange Club for our continued dual effort.

As our community opens back up, we look forward to more members attending our monthly meetings and becoming involved in our various activities. We currently have 237 members. Please check your membership card to make sure it is current. It’s that time of year, 1 July annually, to start renewing your membership for 2022. Some of you have invalid information on in the American Legion database, addresses, emails, changed phone numbers, etc. Each member needs validate this data yourself and renew your membership at

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June 2021 Minutes

Tyler Cates American Legion Post 281, MT. JULIET, TN

COMPILED BY: 1st and 2nd Vice Commanders DATE 8 June 2021 PG 1 of 2
APPROVED BY COMMANDER: Max Wix, Post 281,Department of Tennessee CONVENED: 1830- 8 May 21

At 1800 hours, Commander Max Wix opened the doors to the Mount Juliet Senior Activity Center for Post 281 to assemble and conduct business. Pizza and drinks were provided for those in attendance by the post by our Sgt at Arms Delmar Smith. Opening prayer was offered by Chaplin Rolus Smith. Guests present: Phil LaPrad, from Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 1089, Murfreesboro.

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