The Kissing Sailor

 At this time last year, we were in San Diego for our niece’s wedding. We had given up our apartment, packed what we wanted to keep in storage, donated or trashed the rest. We were about to embark on a grand adventure, a three-month tour of Europe via train.  
Informally known as the Kissing Sailor, Unconditional Surrender by J. Seward Johnson stands 25 feet high. Also known as Embracing Peace, the statue is modeled after Alfred Eisenstaedt’s 1945 photo of a sailor kissing a nurse at the news Japan had surrendered, virtually ending WWII. The black & white photo graced Life Magazines cover and is one of the worlds most iconic photos. You’ll find the statue at Tuna Harbor, San Diego. 

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