Save the Kiss



An eight-week campaign by the USS Midway Museum has generated $998,000 in donations, enough to “Save the Kiss,” the waterfront statue of the iconic photo taken of a sailor kissing a nurse in Times Square as they celebrated the end of World War II in 1945.

The temporary 25-foot urethane prototype now in place is being dismantled at the end of May. The museum’s goal is to have the permanent, 25-foot colorized bronze statue installed by the end of 2012. A site design is in development, including new landscaping, all-weather surfacing, possibly Japanese friendship cherry trees, benches, and lighting. It will be located along the Port of San Diego’s Greatest Generation Walk along the downtown waterfront.

"This is a day in which all of San Diego can take a great deal of pride,” said Midway President & CEO Mac McLaughlin. “San Diegans have made it clear they cherish not only San Diego’s military heritage, but all the men and women who serve our nation in uniform."

Seven San Diegans donated $100,000 each to the campaign. They include: Tom Sudberry, Jeff Bradley, Robert Wilson, Malin Burnham, Doug Manchester, Dan McKinney and Jim Slatterly. The USS Midway Museum also donated $100,000. The remaining donations from residents ranged from $10 to $10,000.

McLaughlin noted the museum is planning a community celebration once it’s determined when the permanent statue will be installed.

Fast Fact

The USS Midway was the largest ship in the world when christened in 1945.


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