Mother of 2 soldiers battles condo over right to fly a flag; ‘I was heartbroken’

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A Minnesota woman is battling her condo association over her right to display an American flag — and she says she has a federal law on her side.

Angie Hildebrandt  uses the walls of her home to express her pride in her country, and her two sons — a Marine and an Army specialist — with flags and other patriotic items covering her walls, KSTP reported.

But when she extended that pride to the outside of her condominium by flying an American flag she was told she was in violation of Southdale Gardens Condominium Association rules.

“I was heartbroken, I was sad, I was angry. Every emotion that I had came out when I got that letter under my door,” she told KSTP.

The association’s legal representatives at Carlson & Associates said that it isn’t objecting to the flag because it’s unpatriotic, but it violates rules agreed upon by all association property owners when they purchase a condo at Southdale Gardens.

But Hildebrandt argues that The Freedom to Display The American Flag Act of 2005 protects her.

The Act, passed in the Senate by a unanimous vote and signed into law by President George W. Bush on July 24, 2006, makes it illegal for real estate management companies to prohibit homeowners from displaying the American flag.

“It’s everybody’s right to fly this flag, including me,” Hildebrandt said.

The association doesn’t see it that way.

“Ms. Hildebrandt installed the flag holder on common property, not in a location that she has a separate ownership interest over, or exclusive use of,” Carlson & Associates said in an email to KSTP.

Undeterred, Hildebrandt is gearing up for a fight.

“I got a family tree that’s got more stars than leaves on it,” she said. “If I have to go to court then, I don’t want to, but so be it. Somebody’s gotta make a stand.”

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