Couples gather in Times Square to re-enact kiss at war’s end

A jubilant Amer. sailor clutching a white-uniformed nurse in a back-bending, passionate kiss as he vents his joy while thousands jam the Times Square area to celebrate the long awaited victory over Japan.

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.

Married couple Kenji and Kristen Kawasaki, far left,  join others as they re-enact the iconic 1945 Alfred Eisenstaedt kiss photo, Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015, in New York's Times Square.  Dozens of couples gathered to re-enact a famous kiss that celebrated the end of World War II.  A 25-foot high sculpture replica of the original kiss, top rear right, entitled "Embracing Peace" is in Times Square until Sunday during the celebration.  (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
Married couple Kenji and Kristen Kawasaki, far left, join others as they re-enact the iconic 1945 Alfred Eisenstaedt kiss photo, Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015, in New York’s Times Square. Dozens of couples gathered to re-enact a famous kiss that celebrated the end of World War II. A 25-foot high sculpture replica of the original kiss, top rear right, entitled “Embracing Peace” is in Times Square until Sunday during the celebration. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

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.

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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.

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