San Diegans Celebrate Spirit of "45" Celebration

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San Diegans Celebrate "Spirit of 45" Celebration

With temps in the low 80's, people from all over San Diego showed up to see the reveal of the new Bronze Unconditional Surrender "Kiss" statue this morning. There were no parking spaces anywhere within walking distance so I missed the actual unveiling.

In March of 2012 the fiberglass version of this Unconditional Surrender "Kiss" stature was taken down and now with the permanent bronze structure to replace it, the Midway Museum prepared a permanent space, this time right next to the water where the Midway Museum sits. 

There is a marker now with a brief story of what this statue represents and lists the major contributors of the $100,000,000 plus fund that was raised to pay for this permanent sculpture by Seward Johnson.

Unconditional Surrender Plaque

For those that did not see my earlier version, the new bronze version is so much better in detail and the color are richer. The Styrofoam and fiberglass  of the original statue did fade quite a bit in the Sun. The paint resin on the new version will hold up better and for a longer period of time. 

Below is the new version as unveiled today, Feb 16th, 2013 on a new pedestal. 

Unconditional Surrender

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Edward & Celia Maddox
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A little bit of history.  My dad was on an aircraft carrier out of San Diego back in WWII

Feb 16, 2013 07:50 AM #1
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William Johnson
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Hi Ed and Celia, I am sure you would really appreciate this new San Diego icon right next to the USS Midway. I hope you will get a chance to come see the tribute to Bob Hope and and the Walk of Greatness, all in the same area.

Feb 16, 2013 07:59 AM #2
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Mary Yonkers
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William, thanks for the update of memories. I have seen the photo of 'kiss' but did not know that it was memorialized in SD.

my parents got married after my father returned from WW II and the rest is history, I guess. San Diego has so much history. Thanks for sharing.
Feb 16, 2013 08:43 AM #3
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Dianne Goode
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Hi William.  Nice statue, nice picture.  That was indeed an iconic moment in American history.  Our two more recent wars won't have a definitive ending like WWII.

Feb 16, 2013 08:50 AM #4
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William-     "The Kiss"  is as iconic as the marines raising the US Flag at Iwo Jima.   This version is remarkable! 

Feb 16, 2013 09:15 AM #5
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The statue is very life-like William, it's hard to believe that it is brass.

Feb 16, 2013 01:58 PM #6
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Hi William,

 I remember your post last year and it seems like they needed to collect some more funds to finish the project so I guess they did. Great statue and so glad you posted the photos. So many of us remember the picture even though I was born in the 50's.

Feb 16, 2013 02:08 PM #7
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Roy Kelley
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Thanks, William, for sharing your photographs and the update of this story about "The Kiss".

Have a very special week.

Feb 16, 2013 09:20 PM #8
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Sarasota Florida has this same sculpture near water's edge there too!  I remember being totally mesmerized by it, while there in February 2010.  The locals had mixed emotions about it; but I loved it!

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