The famous “Times Square Kiss” statue is visiting the USS Hornet in Alameda this weekend. The statue features a nurse by the name of Edith Shain being kissed by a sailor in 1945 after President Truman had announced that World War II had come to an end. The well-loved statue arrived at the USS Hornet on Friday and will remain on display through the weekend. Next weekend the “Times Square Kiss” statue will be on display in San Francisco at Pier 45 which is located at the foot of Taylor Street.
The “Time Square Kiss” statue stands 6 feet tall and is a reproduction of the original named “Unconditional Surrender,” which is 25 feet tall. The statue was designed from a black and white photograph which was taken by Alfred Eisenstaedt on August 14, 1945 in Times Square when the country was celebrating the end of World War II.
The “Times Square Kiss” is visiting the San Francisco Bay Area as a part of it’s’ tour around the country to promote the second Sunday in August. This day, the “Spirit of 45 Day,” will be honoring “The Greatest Generation.”
“The Greatest Generation” is a term that was coined by Tom Brokaw. He used the term to describe Americans who grew up during the Great Depression and fought in World War II. The term also covers those who remained in the United States during the war and worked hard for the war effort through manufacturing and other jobs which produced goods and services that helped the war effort.
The “Spirit of 45 Day” is the result of a campaign by the “Keep Spirit of 45 Alive” campaign which worked hard to establish a day to honor those from “The Greatest Generation” and remind the country of the accomplishments made by persons of that generation during the Depression and the War.
To learn more about the “Spirit of 45 Day” please visit spiritof45.org.
To learn more about the USS Hornet, please visit uss-hornet.org