Governor Markell says Delaware is a state of neighbors and he saw that when he toured superstorm Sandy damage last week.
"Nobody cared that I was a Democratic; nobody cared if someone in need was a Republican, and nobody cared if the person rescuing them was an Independent. In times of crisis, we pull together," says Markell.
"We're a small state, but our hearts our big," he added.
As Delaware's leader, he says he's watched the state and its citizens undergo growing pains and changes.
"Tonight is especially sweet because of how far we have come together over these last four years. When times were so tough, when the economy was in free fall, we didn't give in; we didn't give up, we got to work," he says.