Painting of iconic World War II kissing photo is unveiled in Massachusetts

3:44 PM, Aug 26, 2013   |    comments
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FALL RIVER, Massachusetts (WJAR) -- It's an iconic photo, that's now on a new canvas.

On Saturday at Battleship Cove, the painting "victory Kiss" was unveiled.

The painting was commissioned by aviation art collector Eugene Eisenburg, based on the photo of Rhode Island sailor George Mendonsa kissing a nurse in Times Square at the end of World War 2.

George Mendonsa says he was at Radio City Music Hall and "they stopped the show, put on the lights, and said the war is over. Japan surrendered."

Now 90 years young, George remembers it vividly.

He said it was wild in the streets, everyone celebrating and in that celebrating he had remembered months earlier in the Pacific, before he came home, nurses on board a hospital ship helping wounded sailors.

According to George "I honestly believe if that girl hadn't had a nurses uniform, I wouldn't have done the kiss."

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