The National Flag of the United States of America is known by many beloved titles:
The Stars and Stripes
The Red, White and Blue
The Star-Spangled Banner
The American Flag
American Flag Terminology
Field – the entire flag excluding the canton
Canton (Union) - the upper left quadrant next to the pole
Fly – the end of the flag furthest from the pole
Hoist Strip – the reinforced strip that attaches to the rope or pole
Halyards – rope attached to the flag used to raise and lower it
Obverse – the front side of the flag
Reverse-the opposite side of the flag
The U.S. Code, Title 4, Chapter 1 contains information on the proper display and care of the Flag. While this law was enacted by Congress, it was never intended to be enforced with penalties.
The Flag Protection Act of 1968 prohibited mutilating, defacing, defiling or burning the American Flag. In 1990, the Supreme Court (United States vs Eichman) voted it not enforceable and unconstitutional.
The whole inspiration of our life as a nation flows out from the waving folds of this banner.