Mabel Johnson has seen her fair share of national celebrations.
The 106-year-old veteran spent her birthday throwing out the first pitch at the Kansas City Royals baseball game on July 2.
“We were honored to have Mabel Johnson, a 106-year young World War II Coast Guard Veteran throw our ceremonial first pitch,” the Royals said on Twitter. “Thank you for serving our country and great pitch, Mabel!”
We were honored to have Mabel Johnson, a 106-year young WWII Coast Guard Veteran throw our ceremonial first pitch tonight! Thank you for serving our country and great pitch, Mabel!#TogetherRoyal pic.twitter.com/dox9FmZcLA
— Kansas City Royals (@Royals) July 3, 2021
Johnson, who was born in 1914, served in the Coast Guard’s “SPARS” (also known as the women’s reserve) for three years during World War II.
According to the U.S. Coast Guard’s blog, she attended boot camp in Palm Beach, Florida, before being sent to the Ninth District Office in Cleveland, where she supported personnel on the Great Lakes.
According to the game commentators, she retired honorably. Johnson and her husband Ken, both from Staten Island, New York, got married in 1945. Ken, who comes from a military background, “passed the bar” in 2008.
Johnson has lived in Kansas state since 1991 and currently lives in Olathe. She proudly has nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren, according to the Washington Examiner.
BL understands Johnson’s latest appearance shows America remembers those who served the country and still respects its elders.
This comes in the face of such stories being buried in piles of sensational articles that are too often filled with bad news. Readers can choose to focus on God and his words instead of becoming hooked to the so-called “nothing noise.”