Friday 20 October 2017

Times Square couples re-enact VJ Day kiss

Couples re-enact the iconic 1945 Alfred Eisenstaedt kiss photo in Times Square (AP)
Couples re-enact the iconic 1945 Alfred Eisenstaedt kiss photo in Times Square (AP)

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

A 25-ft sculpture depicting Alfred Eisenstaedt's photograph of a sailor kissing a white-uniformed nurse towered over the commemoration event.

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

The Williamses are Navy veterans and married the day after VJ Day.

Mr 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 VJ Day when Japan's surrender to Allied forces was announced.

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