Manchester, N.H. - Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley was the keynote speaker at the Manchester City Democratic Party's 2014 Flag Day Dinner. Introduced by Granite State Governor Maggie Hassan, who headlined a fundraiser for the Maryland Democratic Party back in May, O'Malley's speech dealt with the writing of the "Star-Spangled Banner" and the Old Line State's pivotal role in the War of 1812.
The flag that flew over Fort McHenry in Baltimore Harbor, the original "Star-Spangled Banner" written about by Francis Scott Key, was crafted by the hands of both white and African-American seamstresses, O'Malley told the Manchester Democrats.
"The common thread that held those stars and stripes together was the thread of humany dignity," O'Malley said.
The 2014 Flag Day Dinner honored long-serving Manchester Alderman Daniel P. O'Neil, who had befriended the Maryland governor, who once served as mayor of Baltimore. O'Malley, who fronts his own Celtic music band, has written a song to Alderman O'Neil that was featured on his latest music CD. A copy of the CD with the song "The Mighty O'Neil" was later auctioned off for $100.
Also honored at the dinner was Manchester Alderman Patrick Long, who received the Soucy Award presented by New Hampshire State Senator Donna Soucy in honor of her parents, for his outstanding work for the community.
Also on hand were New Hampshire State Senators Lou D'Allesandro (Manchester) and Betty Lasky (Nashua), Alderman Joyce Craig of Manchester, and former Manchester Patrick Arnold.