When longtime Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino left office two weeks ago, he left behind the keys to his office and a letter for the new mayor on his desk.
This morning, the new mayor, Martin J. Walsh, finally revealed part of the contents of Menino’s note at a breakfast commemorating Martin Luther King, Jr. in Boston.
“Everyone is wondering what’s in the note,” Walsh told the crowd of about 800 people at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center. “And what the note said is: Be true to yourself. Be true to the city. Follow your heart. Follow the city’s heart and you will be a great mayor.”
During a break in the speeches, Walsh made his way over to Menino, who was seated at a table nearby. It took Walsh roughly 20 minutes because he was swarmed with well wishers hoping to greet the new mayor.
The breakfast marked the first time Menino and Walsh have been together since Walsh was sworn in as mayor on Jan. 6, a Walsh aide said.
A teary-eyed and soft-spoken Menino, who served as mayor for 20 years, was also honored at the event. He received the “True Compass Award” — intended to honor those who contribute to the promotion of social justice, racial equality and civil discourse.Joshua Miller and Dina Rudick of the Globe staff contributed to this report. Todd Wallack can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @twallack.