The 25-foot bronze sculpture was dedicated Saturday across from the USS Midway Museum, Channel 10 News reported.
The new statue replaces a similar one depicting the kiss, which was on loan and had to be returned to New Jersey last year for restoration after being a fixture in downtown San Diego for about five years.
When the loaned statue had to be returned, the USS Midway Museum launched a campaign to raise private donations to bring a permanent replica of the statue to San Diego. Almost $1 million was raised in just eight weeks.
The statue is surrounded by cherry trees donated by the Japanese Friendship Garden Society of San Diego, Channel 10 reported.