The article below was done before Ric Flair received the Key to the City.
Wrestling's Ric Flair to get key to the city
COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - Professional Wrestling Icon Ric Flair will receive the key to the city in a ceremony at 11am on Monday, March 24th.
The day will be proclaimed Ric Flair Day in Columbia by Mayor Bob Coble.
"Ric Flair is a legend with thousands of fans in the Columbia area. He is a great friend of Columbia, and he generates a lot of business within our city. We are proud to honor him," said Mayor Bob Coble in a written news release.
Flair will appear Monday night at the Colonial Center as part of the WWE's RAW. It's the last wrestling event in the WWE schedule before Flair is inducted into the WWE Wrestling Hall of Fame on March 29th.
"Columbia holds a special place in my heart - it is the home of many dear friends and business associates. I am honored to receive the key to this great city," said Flair.
The key to the city is bestowed upon distinguished persons and honored guests of the City of Columbia. The practice of presenting a key to an individual may be traced back to medieval times, when admission into a city was hampered by many legal restrictions, as well as by walls and locked gates. In Columbia, the act of giving the key of the city symbolizes hospitality. The city uses the key to honor special guests and outstanding citizens.