FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact Dennis Koller
SS Jeremiah O’Brien
– The National Liberty Ship Memorial, Inc.
Square Kiss” Sculpture coming to San Francisco’s Historic PIER 45 TO
CommemoraTE the 66th Anniversary of the End of World War II
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., August 4, 2011 — The National Liberty
Ship Memorial, Inc.
A 6-foot version of Seward Johnson’s famous sculpture
depicting the “Times Square Kiss” will be displayed on August 6 and 7, 2011, at
Historic Pier 45 located at the foot of Taylor Street in San Francisco’s
“The SS Jeremiah
O’Brien and the USS Pampanito are
jointly sponsoring the viewing of this sculpture at the head of our pier,” said
Dennis Koller, Executive Director of the SS Jeremiah
O’Brien. “The Times Square Kiss reminds us all of the values and
accomplishments of America’s ‘ordinary heroes’ who fought to defeat the
greatest tyranny in history, and then went on to rebuild their shattered world
in an unprecedented effort to help assure a better future for both friend and
former foe alike.”
The sculpture was inspired by the iconic black and white
photograph taken by Alfred Eisenstadt of a young nurse, Edith Shain, being
kissed by an unknown sailor in Times Square on August 14, 1945, the day America
learned that World War II was over.
“The sculpture will be driven across the country from Times
Square,” continued Mr. Koller, “and is being made available to us at Historic
Pier 45 to promote public awareness and participation in National Spirit of ’45 Day that will be observed across America on
Sunday, August 14, 2011.”
More than 1,000
communities from the East Coast to Hawaii will be observing National Spirit of ’45 Day with various
types of activities. On the morning of
Saturday, August 13, a convoy of World War II military and civilian vehicles is planned to travel
over the Golden Gate Bridge to Historic Pier 45 to “escort” the sculpture to
San Jose where it will be part of the two day National Spirit of ’45 Day
celebration planned in History Park.
“The SS Jeremiah
O’Brien and USS Pampanito are
proud to be part of this nationwide effort to keep alive the spirit of ’45,”
added Mr. Koller. “We want to preserve the legacy of the Greatest Generation so
that their example of courage, self sacrifice and commitment to community can
help inspire a renewal of national unity in America at a time when we must come
together again to meet historic challenges.”
On August 6 and 7 from 11 A.M. - 4 P.M., the public is
invited to view the “Times Square Kiss” sculpture and to enjoy free live
music. Active military personnel and
their families are especially welcome.
Photo opportunities with the sculpture will be available. Kissing contest is on Saturday from 12-1:30
PM. Veterans' Tales is on Sunday from 12-1:30 PM. The sculpture will be on display through August 12th.
About Historic Pier 45 at Fisherman’s Wharf
One of San Francisco’s premier attractions, Historic Pier 45
is home to the following vessels:
The SS Jeremiah
O’Brien is one of two remaining fully functional Liberty Ships of the 2,710
built and launched during World War II. It has the distinction of being the
last unaltered and historically accurate Liberty Ship.
The USS Pampanito
is a World War II Balao class Fleet submarine museum and memorial. She made six
patrols in the Pacific during World War II during which she sank six enemy
ships and damaged four others.
Both historic ships are open for visitors daily.
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