Flags placed to encourage patriotism
by JOYANNA LOVE Banner Senior Staff Writer
Jul 03, 2014 | 1104 views | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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FOR 20 YEARS, Coldwell Banker Hamilton & Associates staff have shown their patriotism by lining the streets of Cleveland with American flags prior to Independence Day. 
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Patriotism is spreading in Cleveland with help from thousands of small American flags lining major streets.

Peerless Road and Keith, North Ocoee and 25th streets were given an Independence Day makeover Wednesday, in preparation for Fourth of July celebrations.

Coldwell Banker Hamilton & Associates has placed the flags each year for more than 20 years.

Company associate Lamar Arp has been a part of the event for the past 17 years.

The tradition was started by owner Loye Hamilton and former partner Boyd Williams. Hamilton said the idea was simply a way to show patriotism and celebrate the United States.

“Loye Hamilton is a veteran, and it’s just something that we all take pride in, putting flags out,” Arp said. “When you’re doing it people will honk at you and let you know they appreciate it.”

Hamilton served in the U.S. Army during peacetime operations.

Arp said the event was a good way to celebrate “the birth of our nation.”

Kathy Rohsenberger was among the 12 to 15 employees and family members who participated in the flag placing.

“I’m very patriot and I specifically wanted downtown, because I am on the MainStreet board and I like to make it look patriotic,” Rosenberger said. “We love our county and we love celebrating.”

“I just think it makes the town look a whole lot prettier,” said Riley Arp, daughter of a Hamilton Associate.

The organization also received support in the form of breakfast. Company broker Margie Keller said the company was appreciative of Chick-fil-A for giving breakfast items to those who participated.

Those participating split up into to small groups and spread out in order to canvas the town. The group put the flags along major roads to ensure everyone would see them.

As drivers pass by, the flags will serve as a reminder to take pride in the country.