A permanent 'Kiss' for San Diego


A statue depicting the kiss between a sailor and a nurse celebrating the end of World War II will permanently call San Diego home.

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.


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  1. Polaris:
    “To this day, Rita insists that the kiss never bothered her and that the photo, while “nice,” hasn’t changed her life one bit.
    A quote from the book The Kissing Sailor: The Mystery Behind the Photo that Ended World War II.
    There you have it in her own words.

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