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This Kissing Statue page is based on the statue on Tuna Harbor Island in San Diego, Ca. The Kissing Statue is based on this spontaneous photo taken in Times Square on August 14, 1945 the moment after President Harry S.
San Diego, CA
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There were two photos at two different angles taken at the same time. The Statue in San Diego is based on the Un-Copyrited photo.
The unknown sailor was standing next to his fiance’ when the end of the war was announced in Times Square. Instead of kissing his fiance, he turns to a stranger, a military nurse, and rather strongly locks his left arm, slightly dips the nurse, gives her a long, joyful kiss as she drops her arms. The official name of this San Diego version is “Sweet Surrender”. I call it - The Kissing Statue! . . . Kissing War, Good-Bye!
There are thousands, each day, that do the “dip and kiss”. What is really significant to me, as the administer of this page, are the hundreds of tourists from Japan that laugh and do the “dip and kiss”. Their ancestors lived in the country that we fought in World War II. Now , decades later, they share in our joy of being a free people. Because of the sacrifices of “The Greatest Generation” we can be friends!
Here’s one of the Official Accounts of the statue: