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Couples gather in Times Square to re-enact kiss between sailor, nurse celebrating end of WWII

  • 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)  (The Associated Press)

  • 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, Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015, in New York's Times Square.  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 high sculpture replica of the original kiss, top rear left, entitled "Embracing Peace" is in Times Square until Sunday during the celebration.  (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

    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, Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015, in New York's Times Square. 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 high sculpture replica of the original kiss, top rear left, entitled "Embracing Peace" is in Times Square until Sunday during the celebration. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)  (The Associated Press)

  • 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. Dozens of couples gathered to re-enact the 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. (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, Friday, Aug. 14, 2015, in New York's Times Square. Dozens of couples gathered to re-enact the 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. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)  (The Associated Press)

Dozens of couples have gathered in 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 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 honored 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.