Hello; I went to the rodeo last night, was wearing a hat and when the gal riding a horse entered the arena with the US Flag, announced by the MC, most all [and I] stood up and began applauding and yelling; the national anthem had not started nor the pledge; many removed their hats as the rider with Flag rode into the arena but I was still clapping and yelling and an older friend called my name nodding for me to remove my hat and I did. IF I had thought it was proper etiquete prior to the anthem or pledge to remove my hat during the entrance ride I would have with out prompting....the fellow was my host and I know him to be a WWII US Navy vet. It was a bit embarassing and doubly so as I'm not sure if I was really "wrong"??? or not?? I've sworn to defend and protect the Constitution 3 times[3 US GOVT. Jobs] and NEVER recinded that vow! To me the FLAG is part of the protection and defending I am still sworn to perform. I've protected several US Presidents [during my Treasury Agent years] and VP's and first Ladies and numerous candidates. I had no intent to dishonor our FLAG if I in fact did so ......but I do want to know if at that point in the rodeo [the rider entering the arena] I should have uncovered or IF my clapping and shouting was appropriate respect and support ??? Any and all answers and comments would be welcome, thank you.