You’re invited to “Kissing the War Goodbye”! This event is expected to be a massive re-enactment of the kiss that marked the end of WWII. Be sure to join in the fun and this monumental occasion Sunday August 14th at 1pm in the Memorial Park, the future home of the Michifan WWII Legacy Memorial, on the northeast corner of Woodward Avenue and 13 Mile Road, Royal Oak.
The formal program will start at 1:30 with brief remarks on the baseball diamond adjacent to the sculpture followed by the reenactment at 2:00.
Both kissers and cheering onlookers will surround Embracing Peace, Seward Johnson’s massive 25′ portrayal of that famous moment. Dressing up as a sailor, nurse or in other 1945 style garb is encouraged, but not required. The event will also feature special messages, certificates of participation, t-shirts, pins and hats for sale, 25% discounted “Walk of Honor” bricks, WWII veterans, Rosie the Riveters and re-enactors. Those unable to attend are encouraged to participate virtually by joining the memorial’s social media campaign to recreate the kiss and help raise funds to build the memorial. See kissandtell5.org.
The sculpture itself, as well as the dramatic kiss re-enactment, will be visually stunning and will present an opportunity for spectacular television and still photos with the best times being around 2:00 when the order will be given to commence kissing.
Debi Hollis, President of The Michigan WWII Legacy Memorial remarked, “What a great way to celebrate the anniversary of the end of the war. We are looking forward to a huge turnout.”
See http://www.michiganww2memorial.org for more information on The Michigan WWII Legacy Memorial. Click on the image of the sculpture for details on this and other upcoming events featuring Embracing Peace.
This event is just one of many celebrations going on around the world on “Sprint of ‘45” day in communities that have Seward Johnson sculptures depicting the Times Square Kiss. See http://www.spiritof45.org for details.