Iconic Statue Makes it's Way Through the Valley
PALM DESERT--A special statue made its way through the Coachella Valley Thursday. It's a 3D version of the famous Kiss in Times Square photo from World War II.
The image was originally published in Life Magazine in 1945. It shows an unidentified sailor kissing nurse Edith Shain. The photograph immortalized an epic time in US history and became an iconic photo marking the end of World War II.
"My husband was over seas at the time and it meant just marvelous things to me to know he's coming home," said resident Midge Stein.
"I remember it very well," said WWII Veteran, Lenny Roffman. "It symbolized what we had gone through all those years."
The photograph was transformed into a 26-foot statue by sculptor Seward Johnson. A smaller more portable version of The Kiss in Times Square statue is making its way across America.
"The anguish, the dedication, the unhappiness with the wives and family, it was pretty tough," said Korean War Veteran, Abe Baker.
"The statue captures that bittersweet end of the war release that just kind of encompassed the relief and then also the sadness for not so many folks coming home. The men and women who gave their all. Who gave their lives," said Chris Woodall, Spirit of 45 Organization.
The Spirit of 45 Organization hopes the statue will help remember and honoring the World War II generation.