The Herndon Monument climb is the traditional culmination of plebe year at the U.S. Naval Academy.
May 20, 2013 The greased Herndon Monument is pictured before the event. The plebes climb to the top of the lard-covered, 21-foot-high statue and remove the "dixie cup" hat at the top, replacing it with an upperclassman's hat. After completing this, the freshmen are called "fourth-class midshipmen." This class completed the task in 1 hour, 32 minutes and 43 seconds. The hat was placed by Patrick Lien from Orlando. Sarah L. Voisin/The Washington Post Buy Photo