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.