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KEY WEST (CBSMiami/FKNB) – On Valentine’s Day in Key West, an estimated 600 couples re-created the “most famous kiss in American history” —

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the iconic smooch between a sailor and a nurse in New York’s Times Square, immortalized in a photograph as they celebrated the end of World War II.

The Key West “Kiss-In” was staged Wednesday evening in front of a 25-foot-tall bronze sculpture of a kissing couple that was inspired by the photo.

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The gigantic “Embracing Peace” installation, crafted by American sculptor Seward Johnson, stands outside Key West’s Custom House Museum. Like the photograph, it depicts a sailor and nurse locked in an embrace that expresses their joy at the advent of peace.

Some of the “Kiss-In’s” puckered-up participants were costumed as sailors and nurses for the “flash mob” style re-creation of the famed image.

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The Florida Keys News Bureau contributed to this report