What does getting a key to the city mean?

I live in California and the pilot of the plane that went down in the Hudson river was given a key to the city of Danville. I was wondering what that meant.

7 Answers

  • It’s a symbolic gift from the city’s administration. An ornamental key is presented to esteemed visitors, residents, or others the city wishes to honor. Evoking medieval walled cities whose gates were guarded during the day and locked at night, the key symbolizes the freedom of the recipient to enter and leave the city at will as a trusted friend of city residents.

    Of course, the person receiving the key is always free to enter the city at will, but this is a ceremonial gesture of welcome and appreciation to someone.

  • Key To The City

  • In medieval times, it was the keys to all the gates in the city. In other words you were so trusted that you were given free run of the place day or night.

  • It gives access to the mayors mothers bedroom for free 24/7 hanky panky.

  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Freedom_of_the_City#U…

    This site os too big for me to copy it for you, but it gives all the history of the Key to the City Award. It is an honor award given to those who have proven themselves deserving of such honor.

  • The city is opened up for him to enter where he wants to go

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