The Kiss is Returning to San Diego!

Join Us For the Dedication of the Most Famous Kiss of World War II


The community dedication of the famous sailor kissing a nurse sculpture near Midway (next to the Fish Market Restaurant) will take place on Saturday, February 16, at 10 a.m. and everyone is invited!

“Salute to Heroes” is a free event and it will be especially memorable because couples married in World War II will renew their vows under “The Kiss.” There will be live music, radio station presence, and opportunities to be among the first to get your photo taken under “The Kiss!”

Parking is very limited, so public transportation and allowing time to walk from nearby lots is recommended. Seating also will be limited, so consider bringing a lightweight lawn chair. The ceremony will last no more than one hour.

Then It Gets Better on Navy Pier!

From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Navy Pier on the same day, our “Salute to Heroes” continues with opportunities to donate to the San Diego Food Bank or adopt a new family pet from the San Diego Humane Society! Donors get free tickets to the Midway while supplies last and there will be activities for the kids. A great day, made possible by the hundreds of Midway supporters and other San Diegans who donated to “The Kiss” campaign! We’ll see you on the 16th!

 Formally entitled “Unconditional Surrender,” the permanent 25-foot sculpture has been cast and is awaiting preparation of the site next to the USS Midway Museum.
Midway has been working with the Port of San Diego for months to secure design approval and permits. Now a portion of existing turf is being removed in preparation for construction.

The plan calls for a textured hardscaped plaza surrounding the sculpture, benches, new landscaping featuring Japanese friendship cherry trees, and night lighting. The entire $1 million project, including the cost of the sculpture, has been funded by community donations.

Fast Fact

The USS Midway often sailed in dangerous water.


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