Freedom of the city

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the possession of the rights and privileges of a freeman of the city; formerly often, and now occasionally, conferred on one not a resident, as a mark of honorary distinction for public services.

See also: Freedom

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Raising the state champion trophy with his teammates and receiving the keys to the city at Worcester City Hall were among his most memorable moments of the season.
He was given the keys to the city for two main reasons," the telegraph.
Yes, as Gaga she was being handed the keys to the city of Taichung, and little children gathered round to present her with gifts, she decided to weird everyone out by looking like the Disney villainess with a thing for Dalmatians.
Delia Cross Child, a Blackfoot artist and educator, was among 11 local citizens to be presented with keys to the City of Lethbridge by Mayor Bob Tarleck in a special ceremony last month.
pro basketballwise, they're hanging onto the '06 keys to the city by their fingernails.
If there is no federal funding for treatment plants, Castleford council members have said they might as well hand over the keys to the city.
Following, at the official welcome ceremony, Mayor of Speed Denise Lyon proclaimed it to be Hot Wheels(R) Day in Speed and presented Geoff Walker with keys to the city.
Petty holds keys to the city while standing in front of a portrait of former Mayor Michael J.
A total of 33 keys to the city of Adelaide have been handed out in the 22 years since Cher's visit.
Capt Chesley Sullenberger and the crew of US Airways flight 1549 are to be given the keys to the city today by Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
Crear works in the human resource department at The Home Depot in Santa Clarita and was awarded two keys to the city during his Olympic career.
Bartel has also been honored for his government service, receiving the Keys to the City of Miami and an award from the U.