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Plebes Grease Up

The annual tradition returns: Naval Academy freshmen attempt to climb the Herndon Monument, which is covered with lard, on May 23, 2011 in Annapolis, Md.

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The annual tradition returns: Naval Academy freshmen attempted to climb the Herndon Monument, which is covered with lard, on May 23, 2011 in Annapolis, Md. Here, Annapolis Naval Academy freshman Abigail Chek of Jackson, N.J., helps make a human wall.
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Each year the freshman class, known as "Plebes," climb the monument at the Naval Academy to retrieve the Plebeian Sailor's hat and replace it with an officer's hat.
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The tradition is one step in marking the end of wearing freshman headgear and moving up to headgear more like a U.S. Naval officer.
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Last year the lard was left out of the event, due to safety considerations, and the monument was scaled within just a couple of minutes.
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But this year the lard returned, much to the delight of those involved.
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