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Naval Academy Class of 2016 to Participate in Herndon Monument Climb

Posted on: May 13, 2013 08:00 EDT

Press Release #: 028-13

NOTE TO EDITORS AND REPORTERS:  Media who wish to cover this event and who have not yet notified the Public Affairs Office of their intended attendance, should do so no later than 10 a.m.  Monday, May 20.  Media should arrive and check-in with Public Affairs Staff at Gate 8 (vehicles) or Gate 3 (pedestrians) between noon-12:30 p.m., May 20.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. – The Naval Academy’s Class of 2016’s Herndon monument climb will begin at 1:30 p.m., Monday, May 20, near the front of the Naval Academy Chapel. The event is free and open to the public.

Each year, the roughly 1,000 members of the academy's plebe (freshman) class form a human pyramid around the 21-foot tall Herndon 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.

The event will begin with a recognition of the accomplishments of the Class of 2016 by Naval Academy Superintendent, Vice Adm. Michael H. Miller and will conclude with an award to the Class of 2016.

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