A Kiss to Remember

posted by Sharon February 19, 2013 20 Comments

Remember the iconic photo of the sailor and nurse kissing at the end of WWII? The photo became larger than life this weekend in San Diego. This tall statue now graces the waterside next to the USS Midway on the bay.

We took in the view from all angles. I love the tiny nurse’s cap, the sailor’s closed eyes, the wrinkles in the uniform, the seams in the stockings.

On the day of unveiling, all ages gathered around and remembered when news of peace caused celebration. The young, born decades after that day, will now hear what happened.

This photo mat honoring WWII service people lay on the lawn near “The Kiss.”

The little square photos of all branches of the services, men and women filled the mat.  Look at this guy’s goggles.

How would you like to lug around this gal’s camera?

The unknown are mixed with the well known, heroes all. Here’s Ernest Borgnine, who became an actor after the war. McHale’s Navy, anyone?

Here’s Joe Kennedy, Jr., who died in WWII, having no idea his brother John would become President of the United States.

An earlier kiss statue didn’t stand up to time and weather. This one is another, more sturdy, cast with bronze.

It informs and reminds us that we owe respect and gratitude to those who made this kind of freedom celebration possible. Young people will hear and know about the heroes like Joe Kennedy. The memories will stand up to time, just as they should.

How about you? What reminds you to be grateful?

Linking up with Texture Tuesday, Sweet Shot Tuesdays, Little Things Thursday, and Communal Global.

Photos are processed with Kim Klassen’s Downton Abbey textures Mary, Sybil, Anna, and Isobel.

Here’s the original photo.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And the statue in black and white:

 

 

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20 Comments

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Ana GR (@Ana_GR) February 19, 2013 at 6:11 am

Spectacular, beautiful tribute.
Seen at kent weakley

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Pieni lintu February 19, 2013 at 9:01 am

Wow, that’s so pretty!!!

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Gracie February 19, 2013 at 3:20 pm

Very nice capture. Great texture work as well.

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Life with Kaishon February 19, 2013 at 4:08 pm

That is the coolest tribute I have ever seen! I LOVE it!
I want to go and visit!

Thank you so much for sharing these pictures today at Communal Global. I really loved seeing this post from your part of the world.

Hope to see you again soon Sharon. Love, Becky

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Desktop Dreams February 19, 2013 at 5:09 pm

What an amazing statue I love that you showed the size of the statue…..

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Tamar Strauss-Benjamin February 19, 2013 at 5:29 pm

Wow it’s so cool!!! Love the aircraft carrier behind it!

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Pat February 19, 2013 at 6:32 pm

Wonderful captures! Great memorial.

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BiTi February 20, 2013 at 12:19 am

Beautiful memorial, thank you for sharing.

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kleinworthco February 20, 2013 at 1:02 am

LOVE it!!!! Last I saw it was years ago while we toured the Midway. SD is one of our favorite places to spend time when we go home to So Cal,

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Carol February 20, 2013 at 2:30 am

I’ve got to get back to San Diego – thanks for reminding me.

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Jade @ Tasting Grace February 20, 2013 at 10:24 am

Oh wow! Crazy!

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Peg February 20, 2013 at 11:08 am

That is huge! I had no idea it was there. I’ve been telling Brian how much I love San Diego, and California in general. Now we have another site to see!
Your black and white photo for comparison to the original photo at the end is great.
Thanks for stopping by my blog. 🙂

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Marcie February 20, 2013 at 12:49 pm

I just love that statue!! And – of course – we all remember that iconic photo. What a great replication!!!

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Lizzy February 20, 2013 at 4:15 pm

What a great statue! Nicely shot and thanks for sharing about it.

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Anki-itte February 20, 2013 at 10:22 pm

A sailor and a nurse….. brings back memories…..

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Prairie Jill February 21, 2013 at 2:15 am

Great images!

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Molly February 21, 2013 at 10:41 am

Amazing image. I love the fact the statue is so big and how the people milling around it look tiny.

Mollyxxx

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Kim Reardon Cunningham February 21, 2013 at 2:51 pm

Such a neat moment in history! I love how you captured the different angles to show us perspectives we have never seen! Great idea!

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Christi February 21, 2013 at 5:12 pm

Wow, what an amazing statue! Thanks for sharing this piece of history along with all your wonderful photos.

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Nicki February 23, 2013 at 1:36 am

I like how you captured it from many angles – certainly an iconic image even in statue form. I also like how you shared the pictures.

Enjoy!

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