Kissing extravaganza in Times Square

August 14, 2010 7:38:06 PM PDT
There was a whole lot of kissing going on in Times Square and it wasn't all about love or the beautiful weather.

Saturday's kissing extravaganza was celebrating a 26-foot statue that has become a permanent fixture in Times Square.

"3, 2, 1, kiss."

And with that, it began.

Call it a patriotic peck, a sailor smooch, or a military make-out session.

Whatever you want to call it, hundreds of couples were in Times Square Saturday to re-enact the iconic kiss between a nurse and a sailor.

The photo "The kiss", which commemorated VJ Day, or Victory in Japan Day, appeared in "Life" magazine in 1945.

"I was in nurses' training school up on 5th Avenue and 125th," said Gloria Bullard.

Bullard wasn't "the" nurse in the famous picture, but she was there that day, and could be seen in the background of one of the photos of that kiss.

"I just stopped and turned to look at the sailor and the nurse," Bullard said.

While Gloria wasn't in Times Square with the kissing couples Saturday, she says she was kissed about a dozen times back on VJ Day.

"My uniform was a mess. My cuffs were off. I lost my cuff links. It was just a wonderful," Bullard said.

It was a wonderful day, recreated 65 years later.

The statue in Times Square represents the famous photo.