Kissing Contest Honors the End of WWII

Sunday, Aug 15, 2010  |  Updated 9:45 AM EDT
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Kissing Contest Honors the End of WWII

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The quintessential Times Square kiss was in 1945 when Carl Muscarello kissed Edith Shain on VJ Day to celebrate the surrender of Japan and the end of WWII.

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New Yorkers gave some patriotic pecks to celebrate the anniversary of the end of World War II.

Hundreds of couples donned sailor's hats and nurses caps and smooched in Times Square Saturday to commemorate the end of the war.

The couples were re-enacting the iconic kiss between a nurse and a U.S. sailor that appeared in Life magazine in 1945. A 26-foot statue replicating the original photo was also erected for the celebration.

The Keep the Spirit of '45 Alive! grass roots campaign is holding a series of events around the country marking the day. Edith Shain, who said she was the nurse in the original photo, died in June at the age of 91.

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