Ecumen Customer in Lake Crystal - Patriotic Wife of World War I Veteran - Honored

Oct 26th, 2009 10:04am

Photo by Dan Linehan, Mankato Free Press

Borgie Johnson was a little girl growing up in St. Louis Park, Minnesota, when World War I ended.

Johnson, who turns 100 in February, met a veteran of that war in 1927. About eighteen months later, they were married.

He has long since passed away, but Borgie (short for Brunhild) continues to exhibit the patriotism his service helped to inspire. She’s written articles about the flag and patriotism for the Lake Crystal Tribune.

She was honored Friday by Lake Crystal’s American Legion Auxiliary Unit 294 with a lifetime membership.  The Mankato Free Press documented it here.

Johnson, with wavy, white hair and wide-eyed shock at the surprise recognition, was clearly overjoyed. She has lived at Ecumen's Country Neighbors community in Lake Crystal for 12 years.

“I’m just happy to be alive. If you ask me one question, I’m happy to be alive.”

And for her country.

“I’m grateful for living in a country that’s free to all of us.”

Thank you, Borgie for your sharing your love of our country that we call home.