- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 9, 2016

ROYAL OAK, Mich. (AP) - A World War II memorial group in Royal Oak is getting ready for a public re-enactment of a photo that shows a kiss in Times Square at the end of the war.

The Detroit Free Press (https://on.freep.com/2aJ1tWR ) reports that the Michigan WWII Legacy Memorial will host the event, called “Kissing the War Goodbye,” on Sunday at 1:30 p.m. It’ll be held in front of a 25-foot statue in Memorial Park that commemorates the photo of a sailor and a woman in a white dress locked in an embrace.

At the event, kissers and onlookers dressed in clothes of a sailor, nurse or other period-appropriate garb will gather around the statue by artist Seward Johnson called “Embracing Peace.”

The event is one of several around the world that have similar statues, according to Michigan WWII Legacy Memorial leaders.

At the beginning of the event, speeches will be made at the baseball field next to the sculpture. There will also be T-shirts, pins and hate for sale.

World War II veterans and re-enactors from that period are expected to attend. Organizers have encouraged those who can’t attend the event to participate virtually though its social media campaign.

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Information from: Detroit Free Press, https://www.freep.com


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