Thursday, February 24, 2005

Woman in the Picture

Forget Nurse Betty, meet Nurse Edith Posted by Hello

Courtesy of LA Observed, we read that Edith Shain, the nurse in the famous VJ-Day photo, will be the grand marshal at the Canoga Park Memorial Day Parade this year. From today's L.A. Daily News:

The greatest kiss of all time was between a 27-year-old nurse and an unidentified sailor almost 60 years ago in Times Square on V-J Day, Aug. 15, 1945.

The Life magazine photograph of two strangers sharing a long, passionate kiss to mark the surrender of Japan and the end of World War II cut right to the war-weary heart of this nation.

Romance was back. It was time to celebrate and party again. The war was over and we had won. Anything and everything was possible. The proof was right there in Life magazine -- in that one passionate, unforgettable kiss.

"It's amazing how people still respond in awe to that photograph, especially when they find out I was the nurse," says 86-year-old Edith Shain, a retired Los Angeles Unified School District teacher who will be an honorary grand marshal in the Canoga Park Memorial Day Parade this year.

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