Kissing Statue

Kissing Statue This Kissing Statue page is based on the statue on Tuna Harbor Island in San Diego, Ca.
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The Kissing Statue is based on this spontaneous photo taken in Times Square on August 14, 1945 the moment after President Harry S. Truman announced Victory over Japan and the End of World War II. "Kissing the War Goodbye" by Victor Jorgensen The photo was taken by Victor Jorgensen, who was a Navy Photo Journalist. On August 15, his photo was published in the New York Times. Jorgensen titled his photograph: Kissing the War Goodbye! Another photographer, Alfred Eisenstaedt, also photographed this impromptu moment of the sailor and nurse kissing. His was the more famous, copyrighted version, he named "Kiss in Times Square" that appeared in Life Magazine. Of interest...even though it was declared one of the most iconic images of the 20th century, it was not the cover photo of the magazine. The statue itself is titled - "Unconditional Surrender" and is a series of sculptures by Seward Johnson. His statue here, in San Diego, is located at Tuna Harbor Park next to the USS Midway Museum. KissingStatueandUSSMidway The San Diego statue is the only one on the West Coast. Other versions are located in Times Square, New York, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, Normandy, France and Sarasota, Florida. There have been two versions of the statue. The first version was made of foam and urethane. It was loaned to the city in 2007 but was removed in 2011 because "it was looking awfully worn" . In 2013 over 1 million dollars was raised in 3 months by the USS Midway Museum and a bronze version was permanently installed. Because of it's history and interest of people from all over the world it has become one of the most photographed landmarks in San Diego. One welcomed observation from this website. . . a high percentage of the tourist visiting the statue are from Japan, our former World War II adversary and China - a communist country. Our hope is, like the good people from Japan and China, those countries and individuals who hate and want to destroy America will one day, come join us, to "KISS WAR GOOD-BYE!

12/10/2019

This is San Dieg's #StatueOfLiberty

03/11/2019

Very soon, we want to have a JamClass.org at the KissingStatue! We could do a 40's theme!

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2019/02/18/sailor-kissing-woman-vj-day-photo-times-square-dies/2904579002/Som...
02/19/2019
Sailor kissing woman in iconic V-J Day photo at Times Square dies at 95

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2019/02/18/sailor-kissing-woman-vj-day-photo-times-square-dies/2904579002/

Some of you know I am the Facebook administrator for the Kissing Statue in San Diego. As it turns out, the sailor in the iconic photo died on Feb. 17th. To many, the photo was the most iconic image of the 20th Century! Our condolences to the sailer's family.

Fun fact....The sailer was standing next to his fiance' but first turned to the nurse, and let me tell you, he planted that kiss on her. I'm sure he kissed his fiance' next.

The man in the iconic photo of an exuberant Navy sailor kissing a woman in New York City's Times Square at the end of World War II has died.

02/01/2019
06/21/2018

Welcome to the Kissing Statue...San Diego's Statue of Liberty!

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06/11/2018

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Love the Pic!
11/16/2017

Love the Pic!

La estatua del beso en San Diego está basada en una famosa fotografía de un marinero besando a una enfermera el día que Japón se rindió en la Segunda Guerra Mundial.

Al fondo el portaaviones USS Midway que hoy es un museo al que se puede acceder por $20 dólares.

06/12/2017

Last night I put together a Demo on how a JamInTheMix.com works. Check it out - I need honest feedback

I love this place.  Coming up on 6th day of HungerStrike4DonaldTrump.com
08/28/2016

I love this place. Coming up on 6th day of HungerStrike4DonaldTrump.com

Most iconic photo of the 20th century.  Most iconic of the 21st Century could be the look on Donald Trump's face when he...
08/23/2016

Most iconic photo of the 20th century. Most iconic of the 21st Century could be the look on Donald Trump's face when he loses!....also MEGYN KELLY FOR PRESIDENT 2020

San Diego, Ca "kissing war good-bye"

Will be having a fun event starting tomorrow, Monday August 21, 2016 at the Kissing Statue!  https://www.gofundme.com/Sa...
08/21/2016
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Will be having a fun event starting tomorrow, Monday August 21, 2016 at the Kissing Statue! https://www.gofundme.com/SaveDonaldTrump

The Purpose The purpose is to make a blip on the radar. To get the attention of Mr. Trump and have him pause to think about the consequences of losing this election. The title of the campaign is a little satirical. That I have done to hopefully draw attention. Getting a lot of free press i...

05/04/2016
What is a Cell Phone Photo Booth?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Muq6IBqNQu0
We are proud to be sponsers of KissingStatue.com. We love this place and what it stands for. We hope to be sponsoring large 40's themed dance events and provide a CellPhonePhotoBooth.com, music and lighting for the event. If you are interested in helpiing - let us know - 619 616-8908

It is San Diego's only state of the art Photo Booth that gives you the option of an acrylic covered, flush mounted wedding or event album on the day of your ...

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02/20/2016

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This is type of photos that we provide

02/20/2016

The Kissing Statue in San Diego

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What We Do - at The Kissing Statue

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Seaport Village
San Diego, CA
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“Probably the Most Iconic Image of the 20th Century”!

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:

The Kissing Statue is based on a spontaneous photo taken in Times Square on August 14, 1945 the moment after Victory was announced over Japan and the End of World War II.

"Kissing the War Goodbye" by Victor Jorgensen The photo was taken by Victor Jorgensen, who was a Navy Photo Journalist. On August 15, his photo was published in the New York Times. Jorgensen titled his photograph: Kissing the War Goodbye! Another photographer, Alfred Eisenstaedt, also photographed this impromptu moment of the sailor and nurse kissing. His was the more famous, copyrighted version, he named "Kiss in Times Square" that appeared in Life Magazine. Of interest...even though it was declared one of the most iconic images of the 20th century, it was not the cover photo of the magazine. The statue itself is titled - "Unconditional Surrender" and is a series of sculptures by Seward Johnson. His statue here, in San Diego, is located at Tuna Harbor Park next to the USS Midway Museum. KissingStatueandUSSMidway The San Diego statue is the only one on the West Coast. Other versions are located in Times Square, New York, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, Normandy, France and Sarasota, Florida. There have been two versions of the statue. The first version was made of foam and urethane. It was loaned to the city in 2007 but was removed in 2011 because "it was looking awfully worn" . In 2013 over 1 million dollars was raised in 3 months by the USS Midway Museum and a bronze version was permanently installed. Because of it's history and interest of people from all over the world it has become one of the most photographed landmarks in San Diego. One welcomed observation from this website. . . a high percentage of the tourist visiting the statue are from Japan, our former World War II adversary and China - a communist country. Our hope is, like the good people from Japan and China, those countries and individuals who hate and want to destroy America will one day, come join us, to "KISS WAR GOOD-BYE!

Administrator of This Page: Jim Dillehay, call or text: 619 616-8908 or email: [email protected] Jim’s ideas and websites: illegalAl.com (a possible sit-com that Jim is discussing with Warner Bros., WhatIfOprah.com, FreedomOlympics.com, JamInTheMix.com,

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Unconditional Surrender Statue is featured in the ArawSanDiego YouTube channel!!! Please check it out. Thank you.
Hermoso y romántico lugar
My uncle Fred Morante helped build this with Seward Johnson.
It was very beautiful I really enjoyed myself there beautiful. My husband loved the place to.