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"Freedom of the Town (or City)"
« on: January 23, 2021, 09:01:10 am »
While going down the rabbit hole of random YouTube links, I ended up watching a bunch of tattoos and Scottish parades.
There is a certain something about seeing The Black Watch marching with bayonets fixed.

It looks like the "Freedom of the Town" purely a British tradition---have we ever had something similar here? Only thing I can think of is giving some one the "Key to the City"--but that is more of a civic thing

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    Re: "Freedom of the Town (or City)"
    « Reply #1 on: January 23, 2021, 07:08:41 pm »
    While going down the rabbit hole of random YouTube links, I ended up watching a bunch of tattoos and Scottish parades.
    There is a certain something about seeing The Black Watch marching with bayonets fixed.

    It looks like the "Freedom of the Town" purely a British tradition---have we ever had something similar here? Only thing I can think of is giving some one the "Key to the City"--but that is more of a civic thing

    I would assume those type of city/town traditions come from feudalism. Since the US never had feudalism as a main governmental system. Then we miss out on those traditions.
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    Re: "Freedom of the Town (or City)"
    « Reply #2 on: January 24, 2021, 07:07:20 am »
    I would assume those type of city/town traditions come from feudalism. Since the US never had feudalism as a main governmental system. Then we miss out on those traditions.
    yeah.................after racking my brain, the only the only modern, US related, thing I could come up with was WWII units marching through town with guns and gear as they loaded onto ships; but nothing celebratory
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    Re: "Freedom of the Town (or City)"
    « Reply #3 on: January 24, 2021, 11:44:32 am »
    Yeah.  We occasionally will have military units in parades for Veteran's Day or Independence Day, but that's about it.
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    Re: "Freedom of the Town (or City)"
    « Reply #4 on: January 25, 2021, 05:18:37 am »
    When I was stationed at Ft Campbell, we used to do a Veteran's Day division formation run through the town. Mind you, no weapons just everybody in their PT gear. And a helicopter that was towed along in the middle of the formation  :D. Occasionally there would be some kind of event that included uniformed units marching through town, during parades or whatnot. I have no idea if this still goes on, haven't been there for 15+ years.
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    Re: "Freedom of the Town (or City)"
    « Reply #5 on: January 25, 2021, 01:00:15 pm »
    The USA and the Americas in general do have some celebrations other countries do not because of our unique history.

    Blackpowder rendezvous and/or pioneer days are unique to the Americas.

    Land run celebrations etc are fairly unique as well.
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