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Couples gather in Times Square to re-enact kiss celebrating end of WWII

NEW YORK – Dozens of couples have gathered in Times Square to re-enact a famous kiss that celebrated the end of the Second World War.

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

Blairsville, Georgia, residents Ray and Ellie Williams kicked off the re-enactment of the kiss from Aug. 14, 1945.

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

Ray Williams says he and his wife are “deeply honoured and privileged” to represent the greatest generation at the Times Square commemoration.

He says he remembers the jubilation that broke out across the country on V-J Day, when Japan’s surrender to Allied forces was announced.

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Contact print of negative strip showing Times Square celebration of VJ-Day & the end of WWII, including the famous "sailor kissing the nurse" image. New York, New York August 14, 1945. Alfred Eisenstaedt
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Married couple Kenji and Kristen Kawasaki, far left, join others as they re-enact the iconic 1945 Alfred Eisenstaedt kiss photo, Friday, Aug. 14, 2015, in New York's Times Square. AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews
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Married couple Oscar Gifford, from New York, and Alessandra Ciani, right, from Palmanova, Italy, kiss before scores re-enact the iconic 1945 Alfred Eisenstaedt kiss photo, Friday, Aug. 14, 2015, in New York's Times Square. AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews
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The Times Square Alliance and Keep the Spirit of 45 Alive host hundreds of couples celebrating the 70th Anniversary of the most famous kiss in American history at the Times Square Kiss-In, Friday, August 14, Times Square, New York City. Erik Pendzich/REX Shutterstock
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The Times Square Alliance and Keep the Spirit of 45 Alive host hundreds of couples celebrating the 70th Anniversary of the most famous kiss in American history at the Times Square Kiss-In, Friday, August 14, Times Square, New York City. Erik Pendzich/REX Shutterstock
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The Times Square Alliance and Keep the Spirit of 45 Alive host hundreds of couples celebrating the 70th Anniversary of the most famous kiss in American history at the Times Square Kiss-In, Friday, August 14, Times Square, New York City. Erik Pendzich/REX Shutterstock

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