Can a statue find love and happiness?

 

My photograph of The Kiss Statue in San Diego.
My photograph of The Kiss Statue in San Diego.

I’M A ROMANTIC, I love history… so when I travel I try to seek out the unusual, the inspiring, something I’ve never seen before. This post is an example of one of those experiences.

Last week I was privileged to attend my grandson’s graduation from Marine Boot Camp in San Diego. Arriving a day early, we were excited to meander around the town and see the sites. The bay called to us, of course, and off we went.

The obvious choice was the USS Midway. It’s a museum now and available for touring. I’ll be talking about that in a later post. What really intrigued me was the statue called “The Kiss Statue”. It is dedicated to the iconic photograph of a sailor kissing a nurse celebrating the end of World War II. It’s huge and so inspiring.

My father served during World War II and his descriptive stories remain fresh in mind. The pure joy and relief that such a devastating war was over is depicted in this bronze statue

The statue is not without its controversy. It’s been replaced, relocated, etc, but ultimately returned to San Diego by means of private donations. Some art lovers hate it, but the public seems to love it! When you stand before it, the emotion radiates from the iconic gesture and you are transported back in time.

I’m including the picture I took personally ( at the top), and a picture I found on the web so you can see the contrast and get a feel for the size of this amazing work of art . It’s an inspiring piece of history, so if you are ever in San Diego, take a side trip and take a look. It’s right across from the USS Midway.

I recommend you visit this wonderful replica that brings our history to life if you are in the area. You won’t be disappointed.

From the Web: The public loves the iconic piece of art remembering the end of World War II.
From the Web: The public loves the iconic piece of art remembering the end of World War II.

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