World War II 'Kissing Sailor' visits Sarasota sculpture of iconic photo 68 years after

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SARASOTA, Fla. -- A special reunion took place along Sarasota's Bayfront Park, where art and history came to life 68 years later.

Standing 25 feet tall along Sarasota's Bayfront is a sculpture that recreates that famous kissing photo on the cover of Life Magazine, marking the end of World War II in 1945.

While on leave in New York City, an 18-year-old Carl "Moose" Muscarello was walking through Times Square with a buddy when he hears the war has ended.

Carl says, "I was very happy I would kiss all the girls standing still, even a couple of guys. I was in a kissing mood, it was great."

Carl is the "kissing sailor" in that famous photograph. A series of sculptures titled "Unconditional Surrender" re-enact that moment, including the statue in Sarasota.