Three of the most prominent eastside Democratic clubs, Battle Grove, Eastern Democratic, and the Riverside Club, honored Lt. Governor Anthony Brown for his military service and combat tour of duty in Iraq, presenting him with a handmade, quilted blanket at Dundalk's Hard Yacht Cafe Wednesday night.
Local political leader Butch Henry brought together the leadership of Tim "Tank" Holland from Battle Grove, Larry Lee, of the Riverside Club, and Kitty Blythe from the East Side Club, recognizing the Lt. Governor for his service with a quilted blanket in the design of the Maryland state flag, along with an insciption of Brown's military achievements.
The blanket, handcrafted by Connie Olivares, took several weeks to make and Brown proudly accepted the gift, which was meet with applause from the enthusiastic gathering.
Addressing the local crowd, Brown shared his personal story, growing up in a family that struggled financially for a long period, but whose father stressed service to one's country and hard work. Brown's father became the first in the family to attend college and eventually went on to become a doctor and is still treating patients today at 87 years of age.
Brown, with undergraduate and law degrees from Harvard, is the highest elected Maryland official to serve a tour in Iraq – not a bad background for a 49-year-old man who seems poised to pursue higher office.
The Lt. Governor still serves as a colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve.
Asked about his future in politics, Brown did not rule anything out.
"I will continue to serve the citizens of the State of Maryland to the best of my ability," Brown said, "and in doing so, this service may provide additional opportunities for me to explore."