The mother of two servicemen is fighting her condo association for the right to fly the American flag outside her home – and neither side is backing down.
The inside of Angie Hildebrandt’s condo in suburban Minneapolis is filled with American flags and photos of her two sons, one a marine and the other an Army specialist.
However, when she tried to display a flag outside on her front porch, the Southdale Gardens Condominium Association asked her to take it down.
The association rules prohibit signs, advertisements, hanging garments or rugs, wind chimes, bells or any other items creating noise. The rules do not specifically mention anything about hanging a flag.
"It does not state that I can't fly a flag," Hildebrandt told KSTP-TV. "It says everything else, but it doesn't mention a flag."
The condo association said that the request has “nothing to do with the flag itself,” but wants every patio to look the same, and doesn’t allow residents to display anything outside.
A lawyer with the firm representing Southdale Gardens told TheBlaze that the real reason Hildebrandt can’t fly her flag is due to a Minnesota law regulating the uniform appearance of condominiums.
“The association is proud of her and her children,” he said. “It’s just that they have to enforce the rules that you can’t have anything on the outside of the building.”
Hildebrandt cited the Freedom to Display the American Flag Act of 2005, which states that a condominium association may not adopt or enforce any policy that would prevent an association member from displaying the U.S. flag on residential property.
The association’s lawyer argues that the federal law doesn’t apply in this case because the outside of her condo is not legally her property.
Hildebrandt is standing firm; she told local news that the day the flag comes down is the day she moves out.
“If I have to go to court, then I don’t want to, but so be it,” Hildebrandt said.