It was V-J day, August 14, 1945. World War II was finally over and a sailor grabbed a nurse and kissed her. That photo was famous with many men claiming to be the man in the photo. This is a good article showing the real man.
And here is a photo of the statue in Sarasota. I had my daughter Rhonda stand by the shoe so you could see just how big this statue is. I didn't have a tripod with me so I braced against a tree. It is still out of focus though.