We hope that this newsletter finds you and your families healthy and all doing well. We hope most, if not all of you, will have received vaccinations for COVID and the Flu, as it is reported to be coming back strong.
COVID‐19 Vaccinations continue at both VA TVHS campuses in Murfreesboro and Nashville and local medical facilities within Middle Tennessee.
Over the Memorial Holiday weekend, we held our 9th Annual Honor America’s Flag Event, alongside the West Wilson Exchange Club at Jones Family Park in Mount Juliet. We honored one of our members, John “Tennessee” Bev Spickard with a 50 Year Membership Certificate. We also presented Certificates of Appreciation to Wilson County Mayor Randall Hutto, Mount Juliet Mayor James Maness, City Manager Kenny Martin, Police Chief James Hambrick, Fire Chief Jamie Luffman and Parks and Recreation Director Rocky Lee. All were recognized for continuously supporting our community veterans and youth, including Post 181 members, for years in multiple ways, events and endeavors, including tornadoes, flooding and pandemic…
Honoring America’s Flag started off in a soggy way with the rain that flooded our area this morning, but many stayed the course and the opening ceremony was conducted at the planned time. Honoring America’s Flag event runs throughout the weekend and concludes on Monday, May 31st, at 2:00 PM. Check out Channel 2 New and Channel 4 News at 5pm and 10 pm to see the coverage. Come out and join us.
Tyler Cates American LegionPost 281, MT. JULIET, TN
COMPILED BY ADJUTANT Terry Ward MINUTES OF MEETINGDATE 11 May 2021 PG 1 of 2
APPROVED BYCOMMANDER: Max Wix POST 281, DEPARTMENT OF TENNESSEE CONVENED1854-11 May 21
ADJOURNED: 01-11 May 21 MEMBERS PRESENT 18VISITORS 3ELECTEDOFFICERS 5 TOTAL: 26
ASSEMBLE: At 1755 hours, the Executive Director of the Mount Juliet Senior Activity Center Valissa Saindon opened the doors to the center for Post 281 to assemble and conduct business. Pizza and drinks were provided by the post for those in attendance and members socialized among other members as coordinated and supplied by the SGT at Arms, Delmar Smith. Opening prayer was offered by Chaplin Rolus Smith. Three guests were: Peter Bohling, Jerry Chatfield and his wife Patti Chatfield. Both Chatfields joined the post that evening.
We sincerely hope that this newsletter finds you and your families all doing well. We hope most, if not all of you, will have received the COVID-19 Vaccinations. We have sent numerous notifications on where you may get the vaccinations. This includes both VA TVHS campuses in Murfreesboro and Nashville and local medical facilities within Middle Tennessee.
We continue with our Post’s “Buddy Check” of all of our members. This program ensures all members are doing well and is not in need of our assistance. I am still seeking to develop a Phone Call Team to assist in this effort. This may include members who currently can’t leave their residences. These “Buddy Checks” are required to be done twice a year. So, expect phone calls, emails and letters asking to see how you are doing and requesting that you re-validate your contact information. You will need your membership number and password previously used to revalidate your address, phone and email information and renew at https://mylegion.org/PersonifyEbusiness/Home
We have 230 (96%) renewals of a 239 TN Dept Goal. Some members’ data remains invalid, including phone numbers disconnected or changed, leaving us to wonder as to the member’s status. Please check your membership card to make sure it is current…
Max D. Anderson Born near Davenport, Nebraska, in 1919, to John William Franklin Anderson and Lena Mabel Lambert Anderson, Max D. Anderson grew up on a farm near Springview. WWI had ended as well as the Great Influenza Pandemic. Barnstormers and Lindbergh’s flights had piqued Max’s interest in the new field of aviation. He learned to fly in 1938 over the objection of his parents who thought aviation a frivolous sport. Having enlisted in the Navy at the outbreak of WWII, Max was assigned to the naval air station in Corpus Christi, Texas, where he met Flossie, the love of his life. Their love and devotion to each other only grew over the next 76 years.
Max’s aviation career began in the Navy. He instructed pilots at Cuddihy Field in Corpus Christi and flew the PB2Y, a flying boat, on supply missions over the Pacific during WWII. He became a corporate pilot, flying for Pearl Equipment Co., McDowell Enterprises, and Delta Coal Co. He also flew for the state of Tennessee. He enjoyed flying, believing that he flew in the best era of aviation.
Max loved the Lord, serving Him in local congregations: Hermitage Hills Baptist Church and Victory Baptist Church. He loved helping people, whether it was repairing neighbor’s lawnmowers or setting up flags each year for Mt. Juliet’s Field of Flags. He was practical in showing God’s love for each person he met.
In their later years, Max and Flossie enjoyed the sense of community and belonging at Rutland Place and Carrick Glen. In Max’s almost 102 years, he lived a full and active life. He is survived by wife Flossie; daughter, Janice (William); daughter-in-law, Sally; grandchildren: Andi (Jim) and Scott (Lacey); great-grandson, Cash; sister, Ruth Ewen. He is preceded in death by son, Glen Anderson; sister Phylis Linse. A visitation for Max will be held Monday, May 3, 2021 from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM at Victory Baptist Church. Services will be held 1 pm Monday at Victory Baptist Church with Dr. Chuck Groover officiating. Interment to follow at Hermitage Memorial Gardens.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers memorial contributions be made to the Rutland Place Staff Christmas Fund, Victory Baptist Church or the Nashville Rescue Mission.
Graveside Military Honors will be provided by the US Navy and Tyler Cates American Legion Post 281 Honor Guard.
It is with great regret that we share the sad news of the recent passing of our beloved WWII veteran and member of our post, Max Anderson. Max was 102 years old. Final arrangements for his service have not been made, but know we will share it with the post when the details are completed. Pictured above is Max and his wife of 77 years, Flossie, from their marriage in 1944.
Fellow Legionnaires, family, and friends We sincerely hope that this newsletter finds you and your families all doing well and most of you will have received your COVID-19 Vaccination or at least have it scheduled. We sent numerous emails and posted information on our website providing information on where and when you may get the vaccinations. This includes both local medical facilities and the VA TVHS campuses in Murfreesboro and Nashville.
We continue with our Post’s “Buddy Check” of all our members. This program ensures all members are doing well and are not in need of our assistance. I will be convening a Phone Call Team to assist me in this effort. This may include members who currently cannot leave their residences. The checks are required to be done twice a year. So, expect phone calls, emails and letters asking to see how you are doing and requesting that you re-validate your contact information. You will need your membership number and may revalidate your address, phone and email information and renew at https://www.legion.org/membership
Tennessee Valley Healthcare System is hosting walk-in vaccine clinics Tuesday, March 23 through Friday, March 26 from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Nashville and Murfreesboro campuses.
Enrolled Veterans of all ages are welcome to attend.
If Veterans have a vaccine appointment, please tell them to keep it. They’ll be seen at their slotted time. Enrolled Veterans who are unable to attend can request an appointment by signing up at VA’s Keep Me Informed tool. They will receive a confirmation email once registered. If they do not, please try again by selecting “continue without signing in.”
TVHS expands COVID-19 vaccines to enrolled Veterans of all ages
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee Valley Healthcare System is offering COVID-19 vaccines to enrolled Veterans of all ages starting Friday, March 12.
To request a vaccine appointment, enrolled Veterans should use VA’s “Keep Me Informed” tool or contact their health care provider. TVHS Veterans can also attend the walk-in vaccine clinic Saturday, March 13 from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Nashville and Murfreesboro campuses.
TVHS is an integrated tertiary health care system comprised of two hospitals, the Alvin C. York Campus in Murfreesboro and the Nashville Campus, as well as more than a dozen community-based outpatient clinics located in Tennessee and Kentucky. TVHS provides ambulatory care, primary care, and secondary care in acute medicine and surgery, specialized tertiary care, transplant services, spinal cord injury outpatient care, and a full range of extended care and mental health services.