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Continuing a colorful tradition

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Associates with Emmert GMAC Real Estate set out in the community Wednesday to strategically place flags at various locations. On hand included (from left) Kim Emmert-O'Dell, Tammy Kikta, Debbie Mershon, Lauren Thomas, Susie Kingery, Logan Thomas, Cindy Junker and Maryann Reed. Jason Moon Photo. [Order this photo]
State Road 59 and other portions of Brazil will be a lot more colorful for July 4 festivities thanks to a local business.

Continuing a tradition it began six years ago, Emmert GMAC Real Estate associates scoured the Brazil community Wednesday morning to place flags in residents' yards.

Broker Associate Kim Emmert-O'Dell told The Brazil Times the tradition began because the company hoped people would celebrate the flag along with fireworks on July 4.

"We usually do it before the 4th to decorate the community," Emmert-O'Dell said. "And to assist with the (Rotary Club of Brazil's annual 4th of July celebration).

"It's a unique tradition to show our sense of community and patriotism."

A handful of associates took part in the event Wednesday, including Emmert-O'Dell, Susie Kingery, Charles Reberger, Maryann Reed, Tammy Kikta, Debbie Mershon, Cindy Junker and children Lauren and Logan Thomas.

Emmert-O'Dell said most of the 500 flags would be placed along SR 59 to coincide with the annual celebration, which takes place at Forest Park. In addition, other flags would be strategically placed at various locations. Associates divide into smaller groups before placing the flags.

"Lots of residents save the flags and place them out every year," Emmert-O'Dell said, adding she placed one flag Tuesday evening at a resident's home who already had six more.

The business also distributes pumpkins during the Halloween season.

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Kudos to all of you for this wonderful and thoughtful gesture. Have a wonderful and SAFE 4th of July holiday weekend!

-- Posted by JaniLou on Wed, Jun 29, 2011, at 10:39 PM

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