It was a kiss that America had been waiting to come for four years.

War in the Pacific.

war in Europe.

A sailor on liberty. A dental assistant in nurse’s white.

They probably didn’t know each other when they met on August 14 of 1945. It was on that day that the war in the Pacific Theatre had come to an end.

When George Mendonsa kissed 21-year old Greta Zimmer in the middle of Times Square, there was Alfred Eisenstaedt, a photographer from Life Magazine there. He took a picture of the two kissing and it went viral before viral was cool. It would become one of the most famous photographs of the 20th Century.

It was a picture that will forever be a part of history.

Greta Zimmer Friedman, who eventually married a serviceman and raised a family of her own, passed away last Thursday at the age of 92. She went to Times Square amid reports that the war had ended and that’s when she was kissed by George Mendonsa celebrating Japan’s surrender. Her son Joshua says his mother recalled it all happening in an instant.

According to reports from the family and the Associated Press, Greta Zimmer Friedman died at a Richmond, Virginia, hospital of what he called complications from old age. She was buried in Arlington National Cemetery, next to her late husband, Dr. Misha Friedman.

For four long years, America rationed food and fuel, collected metal and rubber in an effort to save the world from madmen named Hitler, Mussolini and Tojo. Men and women were called into service, disrupting their lives to keep a nation free.

There have been kisses that have had a part in history, including Judas’ kiss that betrayed Christ in the Garden at the Last Supper. In the movie “Casablanca,” Bogart’s piano player sang “a kiss is just a kiss.” George Mendonsa and Greta Zimmer shared a kiss that will be part of the history of the people that fought the war and those that stayed home and helped with the war effort.

It was more than a kiss. It sealed the frustrations of those that fought and died. It ended a war that we were forced to fight in when we were attacked. Greta Zimmer Friedman and George Mendonsa shared a kiss that will be forever frozen in time.

Greta Zimmer Friedman will be missed.

Her kiss will be on our list, to paraphrase Hall and Oates.

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