On Tuesday, the 9-year-old Van Buren Elementary student was given the Key to the City from Brazil Mayor Ann Bradshaw.
"I'm very excited," Croy said, admitting receiving the key was one of the most "exciting things" she had ever received.
Bradshaw told The Brazil Times she met Emily and her family at the Brazil Armory prior to the Loyalty Day Parade, which took place May 9.
"I was going around in the armory shaking hands with the veterans and I ran into this family," Bradshaw said. "I introduced myself."
Bradshaw said Emily stood out in the crowd as she was dressed up like a soldier for the parade.
Bradshaw said giving away keys to the city -- especially to children -- is one of the most enjoyable aspects of her job.
"I'm just like that with children," she said.
Emily spent the day in school Tuesday, but admitted she had difficulty concentrating as she was preparing for her shining moment.
She added she wants to join the military someday, hoping to follow in the footsteps of her great-grandfather, Russell Bandy, who served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, and great-great-grandfather, Frank Laswell, who was in World War I as a member of the U.S. Army.
After giving Emily the key to the city, Bradshaw then took the youngster on a tour of City Hall, giving her a calendar with Brazil City Fire Department fire trucks on it, which excited Emily even more.
Emily is the daughter of Misty Croy.