The Commander of The American Legion Thomas Tucker Post No. 204, Larry Rogers, addresses the socially distanced members at the 100th Anniversary dinner with information on a program which originated with the Post. The Avenue of Flags was established May 1992 and is made possible through the generous donation of flags which were presented to family members during military funeral honors conducted by the American Legion Post 204 Honor Guard. It now consists of more than 300 flags honoring the veterans for their service to our nation. The flags are flown at Diamond Crest Cemetery on Memorial Day and Veterans Day. Flags are on display from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., weather permitting since they are not outdoor flags. Great care is taken to preserve these flags and present them in memory of those who answered the call to duty to protect our freedom. Rogers also briefly mentioned several programs through which the Post supports veterans and community youth. Photo by Ariana Trinidad

American Legion Thomas Tucker Post No. 204 holds 100th Anniversary Dinner

The American Legion Thomas Tucker Post No. 204 Commander, Larry Rogers, welcomes members and their families to the 100th Anniversary Dinner Saturday, Oct. 3 in the Susanville Veterans Memorial Hall.  He told them that the post namesake, Native American Thomas Tucker, was a Maidu born at Big Meadows (now Lake Almanor) in 1895 who moved to Susanville at an early age, where he was raised by his aunt and uncle Cap and Emma DeHaven. He first attended the Greenville Indian School, where he excelled in his studies. He was noted for his gifted vocals in singing, as well as his athletic abilities. When the U.S. entered World War I, he enlisted. On the fateful day Sept. 28, 1918 he was killed in action in France, becoming the first casualty from Susanville in the war. His comrades held him in high esteem and when The American Legion Chapter was formed in 1920, it was named in his honor, Thomas Tucker Post No. 204. His remains were brought back from France in 1921, like so many others then, and a funeral service was held on Sept. 25, 1921 at the Susanville Cemetery. The American Legion was instrumental and placed a fitting monument. In 1940, a tree was planted in his memory at the Lassen County Courthouse, and a small marker placed with his name. Photo by Ariana Trinidad
The American Legion Thomas Tucker Post No. 204 celebrated its 100th Anniversary with a dinner that was downsized due to the pandemic.  The veterans and their family members made the best of the situation and enjoyed a delicious meal catered by Greg Sella and served by the ladies of the Monticola Club.  Photo by Ariana Trinidad