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The Naval Academy¿ Class of 2016¿ makes the Herndon Monument climb near the front of the Naval Academy Chapel. Roughly 1,000 members of the academy's plebe (freshman) class form a human pyramid around the 21-foot tall monument to remove a plebe hat, or "dixie cup," that upperclassmen have placed on the top of the obelisk. The midshipman who makes it to the top then replaces the dixie cup with a midshipman's hat.
May 20, 2013