This year's event comes on the 65th anniversary of the end of the war in 1945.
The celebration was immortalized in Alfred Eisenstaedt's photograph of an unidentified sailor kissing nurse Edith Shain in Times Square. A group "kiss-in" recreating the moment took place beside a 25-foot statue of the couple created by Seward Johnson. (I took photo of the above scuplture last year when more than 20 of Mr. Johnson's work were on display prior to his masterpiece, The Awakening, was being installed in Chesterfield.) Free sailor caps and roses were given out to the first 250 couples to arrive for the kiss in.