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Couples in Times Square re-enact kiss at end of World War II

Married couple Kenji and Kristen Kawasaki (far left) joined others as they re-enacted the iconic 1945 Alfred Eisenstaedt kiss photo in Times Square.Bebeto Matthews/AP

NEW YORK (AP) — Dozens of couples gathered in New York’s Times Square to re-enact a famous kiss that celebrated the end of World War II.

A 25-foot sculpture depicting Alfred Eisenstaedt’s photograph of a sailor kissing a white-uniformed nurse towered over Friday’s commemoration.

Ray and Ellie Williams of Blairsville, Georgia kicked off the re-enactment of the kiss from Aug. 14, 1945. The day known as V-J Day was exactly 70 years ago.

The Williamses are both Navy veterans. They married the day after V-J Day.

Ray Williams said he and his wife were ‘‘deeply honored and privileged’’ to represent the greatest generation at the Times Square commemoration.


He said he remembered the jubilation that broke out all over the country on V-J Day, when Japan’s surrender to Allied forces was announced.

Couples, some dressed as sailors and nurses, embraced in Times Square.DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images
A US Navy sailor kissed a nurse in Times Square in an impromptu moment at the close of World War II after the surrender of Japan was announced.REUTERS