Crye-Leike Agents to Spread Patriotism during July 4th

Memphis, Tenn. –  Crye-Leike, Realtors, the nation’s 10th largest real estate company, is spreading the spirit of patriotism by distributing 50,000 American flags, a tradition it has been doing for the past 26 years.

Every Memorial Day, Flag Day, Independence Day and Labor Day, you will find Crye-Leike sales associates out in force placing miniature American flags in neighborhood yards as their complimentary gift to honor our country’s national holidays.

“Being a part of Corporate America, it is our company’s duty to promote patriotism and this Crye-Leike tradition gives our sales associates the opportunity to participate,” said Chief Executive Office Harold E. Crye.

Tammy Bunnell of Crye-Leike’s Germantown-Poplar branch office in Germantown, Tenn. plans to distribute 450 American flags within the Halle Plantation subdivision in Collierville and the Oak Run subdivision in Germantown days before the Fourth of July like she has been doing for the past 10 years.

“I believe the greatest motivator for me to keep doing this each year is the heartfelt thank you’s I receive in the way of personal letters and phone calls, ” said Bunnell.  “That is the most gratifying part; that people take the time to say thank you.”

Anita Bell, managing broker of Crye-Leike’s West Memphis, Ark. branch office, will be distributing 350 American flags in the neighborhood where she lives, in midtown West Memphis, Ark., as well as in Richland subdivision, located in the western part of West Memphis.

She says that this is a tradition she has kept for the past 10 years, and one she cannot stop doing. “I couldn’t quit if I wanted to,” says Bell. “They look for these flags each year. They’d be terribly disappointed if I were to stop.”

Bell uses the surprise approach. She gathers her family members together to help her place the American flags near neighborhood mailboxes at 4:30 a.m. in the morning. “People like to wake up and see the whole neighborhood flanked with American flags,” says Bell. “It’s just the patriotic thing to do.”

To help promote Boy Scouts of America’s pledge to keep patriotism alive, Crye-Leike has the organization’s 16-page booklet, entitled The Flag Book, displayed on Crye-Leike’s Web site. The booklet offers a colorful demonstration on the correct and proper ways to honor the American flag, to fly the flag as well as to present and display the flag. Anyone can download and print it for free. That Web address is: www.crye-leike.com and click on the American flag.

The Boy Scouts’ booklet contains such pointers as:

?    When displaying the American flag on a stage or platform, the national flag should be to the speaker’s right with any other flag on the speaker’s left.

?    When wearing American flag lapel pins, they should be worn on the left lapel near the heart.

?    When a patriotic effect is desired, the American flag may be displayed 24 hours a day if properly illuminated during the hours of darkness.

?    When the national flag is worn beyond repair, burn it thoroughly and completely on a modest, but blazing fire. This should be done in a simple manner with dignity and respect. Be sure the flag is reduced to ashes unrecognizable as a former flag.

“With National Flag Day being observed only on one day, we at Crye-Leike feel that our tradition of distributing American flags helps to raise awareness and instill in Americans that they should ?make every day Flag Day,’ ” said Crye who served as president of the Chickasaw Council Boy Scouts of America in 1991.

The first national observance of Flag Day took place on June 14, 1877, 100 years after the United States flag was adopted by the Continental Congress, according to the National Flag Day Foundation. President Woodrow Wilson officially established Flag Day in 1916 and President Harry Truman signed an Act of Congress in 1949 designating every June 14 as National Flag Day.

Crye-Leike (www.crye-leike.com), a full service real estate company for 27 years, is the nation’s 10th largest real estate company and the largest serving Tennessee and the Mid-South.  It has a network of over 2,800 sales associates and 71 branch and franchise offices located in 38 counties throughout a six-state southern region in Tennessee, Arkansas, Mississippi, Georgia, Kentucky and Florida.