Giant 25-foot WWII ‘kissing’ statue removed from Royal Oak

A 25-foot tall statue based on a famous WWII photo of a sailor kissing a nurse in New York City is leaving Royal Oak after a six-month stay.

Seward Johnson’s “Embracing Peace,” the massive interpretation of the famous kiss that marked the end of WWII, is moving to Key West, Fla. this week. It was removed from Royal Oak on Thursday.

The sculpture was brought to Royal Oak to raise awareness and funds for The Michigan WWII Legacy Memorial, according to a press release from the city. It certainly did that, with thousands of photos of the statue on social media since its arrival June 20.

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