A 25 foot sculpture portraying Alfred Eisenstaedt’s photograph of a sailor kissing a nurse stands in Times Square to celebrate and remember the end of World War II. Couples have gathered to reenact the famous kiss.
July 2, 1926: A statue commemorating the landing of United States troops to fight the First World War was unveiled before a crowd on the beach of St. Nazaire, France — across the Cotentin Peninsula from where another landing of American troops, 18 years later, would overshadow the achievement of that first wave of doughboys. “M. Leygues, Minister of Marine, in his speech said: ‘Never will enough be said of the grandeur and fullness of America’s effort to show us faithful memory of France of 1778-1780,” reported The Boston Globe. “Americans, you came to us because somewhere on the Old Continent justice was being flouted and liberty menaced. You showed a great generosity that we can never forget.” Photo: The New York Times