Ratliff honored for 65 years of service to the American LegionMar 30, 2012 By Emily Etheredge, Staff Writer
Riverton resident Jack Ratliff was honored for serving 65 years in the American Legion. For his membership, Ratliff, 86, received a pin and plaque March 15 in his home.
"When I got the pin on my hat they told me that is why I am so short, because the amount of time I have been a member is weighing me down," Ratliff said.
The American Legion was chartered by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic veteran's organization. The Legion evolved from a group of war-weary veterans of World War I and now has 2.4 million members in 14,000 posts worldwide. The posts are organized into 55 departments, one for each state, along with the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, France, Mexico and the Philippines.