Couples Reenact Iconic Kiss On 70th Anniversary Of The End of WWII

by
Indrani Sengupta
The V-J kiss photo is one the most famous symbols of love and peace. So on the 70th anniversary of the end of WWII, hundreds of couples brought it to life.

Convened around a 25-foot sculpture of one of the world's most iconic photographs, hundreds of couples celebrated the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II.

70th anniversary of the end of World War II.

Everyone knows Alfred Eisenstaedt's famous "V-J-Day in Times Square" photo: the American sailor tipping over the nurse uniformed in white, and kissing her full on the mouth.

V-J-Day in Times Square

It's captured the imagination of the whole nation, and inspired a slew of reenactments. But never before on such a scale. 

Kissing on VJ Day

The event was kicked off by Navy veterans Ray and Ellie Williams, who were married the day after the war ended. By-standers and passers-by were delighted at this show of affection and celebration of peace, all rolled into one.

V-J Day Kiss in Times Square

91-year-old Ray remarked:

"Ellie and I are deeply honored and privileged to represent the greatest generation here today." 

Kissing on VJ Day

Hundreds of other couples followed suit. Some had came from far and wide to take part in the commemoration.

70 Years Since V-J Day

Roel van Dalen and Beatrijs Smulders, for instance, traveled all the way from Amsterdam.

"It's very beautiful to commemorate such an incredible event. Especially for us. We come from a country which was occupied by the Germans ... and we're still faced with all the horrifying stories of the war."

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