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Herndon Monument

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.Karl Merton Ferron / Baltimore Sun