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. . . Seen 1,000 Midshipmen Scale a Slippery Obelisk

Sunday, May 11, 2003; Page C02

. . . seen 1,000 midshipmen scale a slippery obelisk. With the blast of a cannon, the first-year students at the U.S. Naval Academy rush at the lard-covered Herndon Monument in a trial of teamwork and stamina. Their goal: to get a sailor's hat off the tip of the 21-foot stone shrine and replace it with an upperclassman's cap. According to legend -- one that has turned out to be more myth than fact -- the person who sets the cap in place will be the first member of the class to become an admiral.

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Herndon Climb

2 p.m. May 19, Herndon Monument, U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis. Free. All visitors to the Naval Academy are required to show photo identification. For details, call 410-293-2291 or go to www.usna.edu.

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