Sarasota City Officials Contemplate Removing Kiss Statue at Bayshore Park

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iconic photograph taken in Times Square in Aug. 14, 1945

ABOVE VIDEO: A Republican congressman from Florida is urging city officials in Sarasota to quash a plan that would move a statue celebrating the World War II victory over Japan away from its current Bayfront home.

SARASOTA, FLORIDA (FOX NEWS) – A Republican congressman from Florida is urging city officials in Sarasota to quash a plan that would move a statue celebrating the World War II victory over Japan away from its current Bayfront home.

“It commemorates the celebration of VJ Day and the end of World War II,” Rep. Vern Buchanan wrote in a letter to the mayor and city commission.

“This representation of that moment more than 75 years ago reminds us of an important time in our country’s history and honors the ‘Greatest Generation’ who served and sacrificed.”

The 25-foot “Unconditional Surrender” sculpture depicts an iconic photograph taken in Times Square in Aug. 14, 1945, showing a Navy sailor named George Mendonsa kissing Greta Zimmer Friedman, a dental assistant, in the street.

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