Wordless Wednesday: Kissing Statue in San Diego

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Kissing Statue in San Diego

 

Kissing Statue in San Diego

 

"Unconditional Surrender" or more affectionately and informally known as the Kissing Statue, is located at the marina in San Diego inthe  park adjacent to the Midway Aircraft Carrier Museum along the Embarcadero. This 25 foot statue is actually one of several versions in other cities including NYC, originally conceived by Seward Johnson and based on an iconic photo of a sailor kissing a woman in a white dress on V-J Day, August 1945 (the day Japan surrendered, ending WW II).

 

It was pretty cool to see when you read about the history, especially the location in front of the Midway Aircraft Carrier. The statue was originally installed in 2005 after being exhibited in Sarasota, FL, but was later dismantled and returned to NJ for some restoration in 2012; a bronze replacement arrived back in San Diego February 11, 2013 (All information above from Wikipedia). Lots of couples have been seen mimicking the statue and it has been the site for a number of couples to renew their vows.

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Bob "RealMan" Timm
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Very cool Jeff Dowler it immediately made me think of my parents when dad came home from WWII.

Feb 22, 2017 12:41 PM #1
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Jeff, that is a great statue.  I saw similar scenes on the pier when we would come back to the states after a cruise to Vietnam.

Feb 22, 2017 01:10 PM #2
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Kelly Turbeville
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I love this! Thanks you just gave me an idea.   Nieces and nephews are speding the weekend coming up,  that would be a great area to drive down and see.

Feb 22, 2017 01:16 PM #3
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Lynnea Miller
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Nice post - and a site I didn't know existed in San Diego. 

Feb 22, 2017 01:26 PM #4
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I'll never forget the day I stood beneath this statue. It really meant a lot to me! Your photograph brings back good memories.

Thank you, Jeff Dowler 

Feb 22, 2017 01:30 PM #5
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Nina Hollander
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Hi Jeff... a blast from the past! And when did we last see a nurse dressed in whites that way or anyone wear white stockings with seams?

Feb 22, 2017 01:32 PM #6
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Nina Hollander - Actually, I'm wearing white nylons with seams right now!

Jeff Dowler & Nina - only kidding  

Feb 22, 2017 01:39 PM #7
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Patricia Feager ~ hi Patricia... thank heavens you were only kidding. My heart stopped there for a minute!

Feb 22, 2017 01:49 PM #8
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Enjoyed your wordless Wednesday post... very nice...

Feb 22, 2017 01:58 PM #9
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That is so cool.  They got every detail down to the seams in her hose.  Love it.

Feb 22, 2017 01:59 PM #10
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Jeff,

This is an iconic statue. A

Feb 22, 2017 02:11 PM #11
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Beth Atalay
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Beautiful statue Jeff, thank you for sharing the history behind it. 

Feb 22, 2017 03:06 PM #12
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I have seen this before Jeff Dowler  awesome stuff

Feb 22, 2017 03:13 PM #13
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That is very famous and though I haven't seen it in person I have seen it on TV and on the Internet.

Feb 22, 2017 04:30 PM #14
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Awwww.  I love their uniforms and she has great shoes!  That is a lovely statue.  -Kasey

Feb 22, 2017 08:35 PM #15
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Oh, I love this, Jeff!  You know I was a nurse and we DID dress like this - now, everyone wears scrubs!  

Feb 22, 2017 09:38 PM #16
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Bob "RealMan" Timm  - what a nice memory that is!

George Souto  - that's very cool. I love the photo this is based on, but seeing something in person would be very special.

It's a pretty neat area Kelly Turbeville  and I've heard the Midway Museum is pretty impressive.  And obviously a big part of our country's history.

Jeff

Feb 24, 2017 04:13 PM #17
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Lynnea Miller  - We just happened upon it one day. I didn't know there were actually multiple versions around the country.

That's nice to hear Patricia Feager !!

Ha ha Nina Hollander  Maybe a costume party?

Jeff

Feb 24, 2017 04:19 PM #18
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