Over at the Malden Observer, GOP activist Barry Greenspan sums up a fairly well-attended Lincoln Day event in Malden. We need more dispatches like this on RMG.
Malden – Approximately 100 Boston-area Republican activists gathered at The Malden Loyal Order of Moose Lodge on Presidents Day, Monday, Feb. 16, for a breakfast hosted by the Malden Republican City Committee to commemorate the birthday bicentennial of the nation’s first Republican President Abraham Lincoln.
Republican groups around the nation hold Lincoln-Reagan Day events in February to honor the February births of both party icons, Lincoln’s on February 12, 1809 and Reagan’s, February 6, 1911. The Republican Party itself was conceived in Ripon, Wis. in February 1854 by Democrat and Whig abolitionists who convened to discuss how their respective parties were not doing enough to end the practice of slavery.
Promoted as a Republican Unity event, Malden Republican City Committee Treasurer and Attorney Peter Georgiou was the morning’s emcee. MRCC Ward 4 chairman, businessman and past commander of the Malden Disabled American Veteran’s Post Arthur Kahn led the Pledge of Allegiance and a moment of silence for America’s troops. Yasmin Barreto, an up-and-coming 12-year-old pop vocalist and songwriter from Brighton, followed with an a cappella rendition of “The Star Spangled Banner.” Her singing of “The Battle Hymn of The Republic” later in the program earned her an enthusiastic standing ovation.