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.
NBC 10 spoke with George Mendonsa who said that 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."
A kiss that's now symbolic of the end of World War 2, and that was the subject of debate for years over who the soldier was.
North Kingstown author Lawrence Verria wrote the book The Kissing Sailor, and he told NBC 10 "the fact we were able to make sure in his lifetime, he gets the recognition he deserves, that's the purpose of the book and makes it all worthwhile."
Saturday's unveiling, part of Navy Day, here at Battleship Cove, that included a poignant POW-MIA table ceremony.
A weekend to remember service AND sacrifice...and that despite the joy represented in this iconic kiss, that there were many who never came home.
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