DEAR MISS MANNERS: My husband and I attend football games in the Northeast in an un-domed stadium. As the season progresses, it can get quite cold. Although it is a sign of respect to remove caps during the playing of the National Anthem prior to sporting events, must one remove a winter hat placed on the head for warmth or as protection from the elements?
GENTLE READER: How many verses?
No, that is not a factor when it comes to showing respect for the National Anthem. Miss Manners was wondering just how much discomfort this was going to cost you. The answer is that winter hats count as hats, which should be removed, but fortunately earmuffs do not.