Earlier today, the kissing sailor and nurse in the iconic LIFE magazine photo by Alfred Eisenstaedt called "V.J. Day" was portrayed by actors in Times Square. The reenactment of the kiss is part of THE RIDE, the new tourist attraction and a new interactive way to see New York City. More than a tour, more than a ride, visitors board s super-sized, technologically advanced vehicle with stadium-style sideways seating and massive glass windows. The vehicle travels the streets of New York, which become the stage for different performances like this one.
On Aug. 14, 1945, more than 750,000 people gathered in New York City’s Times Square, to celebrate the Japanese surrender and the end of World War II. Among the excited revelers was Edith Shain, a nursing school student who was kissed by a sailor in Times Square after the Times news ticker read "OFFICIAL-TRUMAN ANNOUNCES JAPANESE SURRENDER." The kiss was immortalized in the photograph taken by Alfred Eisenstaedt and published in LIFE magazine.
Tomorrow is Memorial Day, a federal holiday to honor and remember those who have died in service to the nation.