October 3, 2022

Times Squre V-J Day ‘Kiss-In’

Re-enactment of the famous V-J Day kiss in Times Square

Re-enactment of the famous V-J Day kiss in Times Square

The kiss between a US sailor and a nurse in New York’s Times Square, made famous by the iconic photograph taken by Alfred Eisenstaedt and published in Life Magazine, was reenacted on Saturday to commemorate the 65th anniversary of the end of World War II.

Voted as the most  famous kiss of all time, the photo shows a sailor bending backwards and kissing a white-coated nurse. in crowded Times Square.

Annually recognized as V-J Day, short for Victory-over-Japan Day,  Saturday marked the 65th anniversary of the end of WWII. It was celebrated throughout the United States as the first national day of remembrance, honoring the generation of Americans whose efforts and sacrifices were responsible for winning the war.

In New York City, pairs of Americans gathered in Times Square to celebrate and re-enact the famous kiss in a ‘kiss-in’ demonstration near the statue of the amorous sailor and Edith Shain, the nurse.

Ms. Shain, who was not identified as the nurse until the late 1970s, died in June of  this year at the age of 91. Before her passing, she was quoted as saying ‘I went from the hospital to Times Square that day because the war was over, and where else does a New Yorker go?’

She added, ‘this guy grabbed me and we kissed, and then I turned one way and he turned the other,’

The anonymous sailor has never been positively identified although several men have claimed to be the man in the photo over the intervening years.

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