Time To Pucker Up In Times Square

NEW YORK (CBS 2) — Hundreds of couples donned sailor’s hats and nurses caps and smooched in Times Square on Saturday to celebrate the 65th anniversary of the end of World War II.

The couples were re-enacting the famous Life magazine photograph of a nurse being passionately kissed by a sailor at the end of the war. A 26-foot statue replicating the original photo was also erected for the celebration.

The statue, called “Unconditional Surrender” by artist Seward Johnson, memorializes the scene.

World War II veterans and their children on hand for the kiss said they want today’s generation to remember the sacrifices of those who fought in the war.

“I want to keep that day alive,” said Rocco Moretto, 86, a retired infantry staff sergeant now living in Queens.

Moretto, who stormed Omaha Beach on D-Day and arrived in Times Square in his uniform, kissed his friend Margie Zwick, who served in the Women’s Army Corps.

“It was terrific,” he said of the kiss. “It’s been a long time coming.”

The Keep the Spirit of ’45 Alive! grass roots campaign was holding a series of events around the country marking the day.

Edith Shain, who said she was the nurse in the original photo, died in June at the age of 91.

Saturday’s event marks 65 years since the war officially ended.

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One Comment

  1. Doug S. says:

    Around 7:30 AM today (8/15) there was a lead in for this story …. it showed 3 different couples kissing (I assume they were pictures). We were the third. It was our wedding anniversary. It looked like an angle from a photographer that had been standing next to us for over 20 minutes. Is there a link to that photo? we would like to share it with friends and family. The video story did not show us (we watched the news for another hour before havig to fly home). I was wearing a green shirt and my wife is wearing a multicolored blouse …
    It would be great if you could connect us to that picture … Thanks!

  2. freedom says:

    great idea,,,,,,,,,,,,,it beats the mosque idea for ground zero

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