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WNCT 9: Eight Eighties get Golden Key to the City award

by Alex Freedman

Eight Eighties get Golden Key to the City award

Mayor B.J. Murphy gave eight men the first Golden Key to the City award.

KINSTON, N.C. – A group of older Americans got high honors in Kinston today for helping wounded veterans.

Mayor B.J. Murphy gave eight men the first Golden Key to the City award. They’re known as the Eight Eighties because all of them are in that age bracket.

The ceremony took place during Kinston’s Barbecue Festival on the Neuse.

All of the men served in the military during war time.

They spend a lot of their time these days supporting wounded warriors returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.

“By the virtue of the authority vested in me as mayor of the city of Kinston do hereby declare this day, the 7th of May 2011, as Eight Eighties Day,” said B.J. Murphy during the ceremony.

The group makes shirts using a special fabric to sell throughout the country. One shirt gets set aside for a wounded warrior for every shirt sold.

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