When Team Navy won the friendly ValOUR-IT competition last fall (enrevanche readers helped!) and raised a lot of money to buy voice-activated notebook computers for injured American servicemen and women, a "golden laptop" trophy was created to commemorate the occasion... MEGEN, or "Most Exalted Golden Notebook."
MEGEN has certainly been getting around ever since (check out the posts over at Chaotic Synaptic Activity... starting with the first one is recommended.)
Part of the fun is a little game we play called "Where's MEGEN?" Here's the Big Apple edition of that game.
Like a lot of tourists, MEGEN recently visited New York City. Here's a picture of MEGEN on vacation in Manhattan:
Well, shoot. You can't really tell too much about where MEGEN is from that photograph.
How about this one?
Take your best guess and leave a comment... I'll update this post with the answer in a day or two.
UPDATE: That didn't take long... NYC expat Scott got it in one.
The answer: Abingdon Square Park in Greenwich Village, Manhattan, in front of the Abingdon Doughboy.
"In 1921, twenty thousand spectators gathered in and around [Abingdon Square Park] to hear former and future Governor Alfred E. Smith present the Abingdon Square Memorial (also known as the Abingdon Doughboy) in memory of local men who fought in World War I. Created by sculptor Philip Martiny, this monument was restored by Parks' monument crew in 1993. The flagstaff was dedicated by the Private Michael J. Lynch Post No. 831 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars in 1933."
The inscription on the monument's base reads:
ERECTED BY POPULAR SUBSCRIPTION TO HONOR THE BRAVE MEN WHO WENT FORTH FROM THIS NEIGHBORHOOD TO JOIN THE ARMED FORCES OF THE UNITED STATES DURING THE WORLD WAR
In the early years of the 20th century, Greenwich Village (where Abingdon Square Park is located) was *not* the swanky place it is now... it was a working class Irish and Italian neighborhood, and "popular subscription" means that someone collected a hell of a lot of dimes and nickels to get this memorial built.
Couldn't think of a more appropriate place to photograph the Valour-IT prize than by a monument that documents a community remembering its veterans.