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.
There’s overwhelming evidence it was forced. A statue commemorating sexual harrasment. Awesomely stupid.
“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.