Navy couple who recreated ‘Kissing Sailor’ photo have close ties to Hampton Roads

Navy couple who recreated ‘Kissing Sailor’ photo have close ties to Hampton Roads


(ANITA) ONE OF THE MOST ICONIC PHOTOS OF THE 20TH CENTURY — RE CREATED WITH A TWIST. (TOM) A SAILOR AND HIS HUSBAND POSED FOR THEIR OWN VERSION OF THE KISSING SAILOR AT A HOMECOMING IN FLORIDA. 10 ON YOUR SIDES’ KAYLA GASKINS SPOKE WITH THE COUPLE. SO, KAYLA THE WOODINGTON’S ARE BASED IN FLORIDA – BUT THEY HAVE STRONG TIE TO HAMPTON ROADS? (KAYLA) YES, SAILOR BRYAN WOODINGTON GREW UP IN SUFFOLK AND HAMPTON AND ATTENDED O-D-U. (KAYLA) THE NAVY SENT HIM TO FLORIDA WHERE HE MET HIS HUSBAND KEN. HERE’S THE PHOTO THAT HAS EVERYBODY TALKING — (KAYLA GASKINS) IT’S A FEELING MILITARY SPOUSES KNOW ALL TO WELL — KENNETH IT WAS REALLY ROUGH AND IT WAS HARD AND IT WAS A LOT, THE PAINFUL SEPARATION OF A FIRST DEPLOYMENT TOGETHER. KENNETH THE FIRST COUPLE MONTHS I WAS CRYING MYSELF TO SLEEP. BRYAN WOODINGTON SPENT 7 MONTHS ON THE U-S-S THE SULLIVANS. ON BOARD THERE WAS PRINT OF THE ICONIC KISSING SAILOR FROM V-J DAY. BRYAN SO I TOLD HIM I WANTED TO RECREATE THAT PICTURE BECAUSE I THOUGHT IT WAS BEAUTIFUL. WHEN BRYAN RETURNED HOME DECEMBER 21ST HE WAS IN HIS WINTER BLUES AND KEN WORE ALL WHITE. BRYAN AND HE RAN TO ME AND HE GRABBED ME AND HE PUT HIS ARMS AROUND ME LIKE A BEAR HUG AND I COULDN’T GET HIM OFF ME, I COULDN’T PRY HIM OFF AND HE WAS CRYING AND HE WAS SO HAPPY. THEN WHICH HAS SINCE GONE VIRAL — EVEN MAKING INTERNATIONAL NEWS. NOT ALL THE REACTION IS POSTIVE. BUT KEN AND BRYAN SAY THE GOOD OUT WEIGHS THE BAD. KEN I’M HAPPY THAT PEOPLE KIND OF GET TO SEE THE LOVE THAT WE HAVE FOR EACH OTHER AND IT’S JUST SHOWING TWO PEOPLE WE’VE ALL SEEN THE NEGATIVE COMMENTS ABOUT IT AND IT’S JUST AS SERIOUS AS PEOPLE ARE MAKING IT OUT TO BE BUT I LOVE THAT IT’S SHOWING TWO PEOPLE WHO ARE IN LOVE. AND WITH A MENDONSA– WAS ON LEAVE FROM THE FIRST U-S-S THE THE COUPLE SAYS THEY NEVER EVER EXPECTED THE PHOTO GO VIRAL LIKE IT — THE WOODINGTONS SAY THE NAVY HAS BEEN NOTHING BUT POSITIVE AND SUPPORTIVE OF THEM.

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