News :: Times Square Kiss Tours Bay Area

August 1, 2011
(July 29, 2011)

"Times Square Kiss" 6 ft version

A life sized sculpture of the famous “Times Square Kiss“ began visiting several Bay Area cities on July 29 to help raise public awareness about National Spirit of 45 Day, the new national day of remembrance honoring the legacy of the men and women of the World War II generation.

Click here to see the ABC news clip: ‘Times Square Kiss’ sculpture goes on display

The image of the “kiss seen round the world” has become the symbol of the grassroots campaign to establish National Spirit of ’45 Day by encouraging as many observances throughout the country each year as possible.

The Bay Area tour began on Friday, July 29th, which would have been the 93rd birthday of Edith Shain, the “Times Square Nurse” in the original photograph taken by Alfred Eisenstadt inspired the Johnson sculpture.  Edith passed away on June 20 last year.

The sculpture began it’s Bay Area tour at the USS Hornet in Alameda where was welcomed by a group of WWII re-enactors and the Singing Blue Stars who had sung for Edith at the first day of remembrance event in San Jose’s History Park in August 2007.

Times Square Kiss in front of USS Midway in San Diego, CA

The “statue” then proceeded to the California State Veterans Home in Yountville for a “birthday party” with the veterans who hosted Edith during a visit in April 2010 and were among the state veterans homes across the country that are observing National Spirit of ’45 Day.

On August 6 – 7 the “Kiss” will be at Pier 45 in San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf, for a National Spirit of ’45 Day event organized by SS Jeremiah O’Brien, one of the last three surviving Victory Ship of WWII.

On August 13, the sculpture will be transported by a convoy of WWII military and civilian vehicles to San Jose’s History Park for a 2-day Spirit of ’45 event that will include a special memorial to the memory of Ms Shain.

“There is no more fitting tribute to Edith than to begin the countdown to National Spirit of ’45 Day on her birthday each year,” said Warren Hegg, spokesman for a coalition of organizations that are promoting public awareness and participation in the new national day of remembrance. “She was a tireless advocate of a day to honor the legacy of the “ordinary heroes” of w which she hoped would inspire the youth of our country at a time when our country is again facing historic challenges.”

For more information, visit www.Spiritof45.org

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