A monumental preparation for game at the Naval Academy

November 30, 2005|By PHOTOS BY NANINE HARTZENBUSCH | PHOTOS BY NANINE HARTZENBUSCH,SUN PHOTOGRAPHER

Midshipmen at the Naval Academy paint the campus' statue of Tecumseh before the annual Army-Navy game Saturday. Above, Brittany Young, 18, applies paint from her perch on scaffolding. Below, midshipmen work to transform the statue into the "Black Knight" from Monty Python and the Holy Grail. The statue was erected in 1930 and is mounted on a marble pedestal adorned with the academy seal. It stands near the main entrance of Bancroft Hall, the midshipmen's dormitory, and is painted for Parents Weekend, homecoming, Army-Navy contests and Commissioning Week.

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