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.