Oklahoman Caps Herndon Monument In Annual Climb

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Students who are closing out their first year at the U.S. Naval Academy have completed the traditional climb up the Herndon Monument.

It took 19-year-old Andrew Craig, of Tulsa, Oklahoma, a little over two hours and 10 minutes on Tuesday to replace a first-year student’s “Dixie cup” hat with a midshipman’s cover on Tuesday.

The event is made extra challenging by greasing the 21-foot obelisk with about 50 pounds of lard.

Students began the yearly event in 1940. They added the symbolic placement of the cap on its tip seven years later. In 1949, upperclassmen began smearing as much as 200 pounds of lard on the monument to make it more difficult.

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