Hundreds of couples wearing sailor hats and nurse’s caps gathered at Times Square on Saturday to commemorate the 65th anniversary of the end of World War II. They were re-enacting Alfred Eisenstaedt’s photograph of a young sailor passionately kissing nurse Edith Shain in Times Square. A 26-foot-statue entitled “Unconditional Surrender” which replicated that famous moment was erected for the celebration in Times Square, New York.
The Imperial Japanese Empire surrendered unconditionally to Allied Forces on August 14, 1945. The scene of a sailor kissing a nurse has become an iconic capture of joy and remembrance of that moment. Since 2004, many people have got together at Times Square on the anniversary of the August 14th kiss. The anniversary will be held on the second Sunday of August in future years.
The moment of an American young sailor passionately kissing a young nurse was captured by Life Magazine photographer Alfred Eisenstaedt 65 years ago.
Over 200 couples of all ages, nationalities, colors, and religions gathered a group “Kiss-In” at Times Square in New York. Men donned a white sailor’s cap and women held a red rose. They kissed each other for peace. This year marks the fifth year of the annual “Kiss-In” which was organized by the Times Square Alliance. The “best themes couples” and “most symbolic kiss” would win prizes which consisted of a one-night stay at a Times Square hotel, dinner for two, and tickets to Broadway shows.
Hundreds of couples participated in group "Kiss-In" to celebrate the 65th anniversary of the end of the World War Two.
The replica of the sailor and nurse is 26 feet high.
The statue entitled “Unconditional Surrender” created by acclaimed artist Seward Johnson towered above the kissing couples.
This year marks the fifth celebration of the annual “Kiss-In” at Times Square.
A participant complimented that it was very romantic and fun.
There were two prizes namely "best themes couples" and "most symbolic kiss".
There were live music, speeches from veterans of the War, and reflections on the significance of that historical day.
The anniversary will be held on the second Sunday of August in future years.
World War II Facts
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World War Two was a World Wide conflict between the Allied and Axis Powers