The American Legion Star Post 309 Honors Retired LASD Commander, Thomas Vetter

Family standing in front of memoral wall, small tree is being planted, Sheriff Alex Villanueva is holding a shoval.

The American Legion Star Post 309 Honors Retired LASD Commander, Thomas Vetter

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The Tree Planting Ceremony was first introduced in the 1930s as an Arbor Day Project by the American Legion Star Post 309. The Ceremony was later changed to a Memorial Day commemoration.  It is one of the longest continuing observance of its kind in Los Angeles County, suspended only during World War II.

image of vetter next to two marines inside of a heliocoptor. Vintage black and white image.
vintage image of Vetter in unifom stading infront of soldier color guard holding flags.

This year the Star Post 309 celebrated the life achievements of one of their very own Past Commanders, Thomas Vetter who retired as an LASD Commander and served as Star Post Commander in 1966. His End of Watch was January 16, 2021.

The Los Angeles Sheriff’s Star Post 309 was founded by Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Deputies who were also World War I veterans. One of the founders was William I. Traeger who served as the 26th Sheriff of Los Angeles County.

vintage black and white photo of 10 men in stuits with legion cover hats on. Posing shoulder to shoulder infront of a wall sized american flag.
Sheriff Alex Villanueva standing infront of the Star Post 309 Memorial wal giving a speech infront of a crowd.

In later years, memorial plaques were added to the newly planted trees in commemoration of Past Commanders and Worthy Members of Star Post 309.  Trees were planted as a permanent and living memorial to the military veterans of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, the District Attorney’s Office, the California Highway Patrol, and other notable law enforcement officers in the State of California.

During this month of May, we celebrate the lives and memories of those who have died in the line of duty as law enforcement officers and as Memorial Day is upon us, we shall honor those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice of service to our great Nation.  #MilitaryAppreciationMonth

Image of Sheriff Alex Villanueva giving speach infront of the Star Post Memorial wall at a podium between the american flag and the American Legion flag.