1,000 Words: The V-J Day Kiss

NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 14: World War II Veterans Ray and Ellie Williams recreate the iconic Alfred Eisenstaedt photograph in Times Square on August 14, 2015 in New York City. The Williams, Navy veterans also celebrating their 70th wedding anniversary, recreated the kiss as part of a ceremony remembering the 70th anniversary of Victory in Japan Day.  (Photo by Bryan Thomas/Getty Images)

Ray and Ellie Williams, Navy veterans who married the day after V-J Day, kicked off the anniversary of the famous kiss, captured by photographer Alfred Eisenstaedt in Times Square on August 14, 1945.

No, they weren’t the actual people photographed in the original, but they represented the “Greatest Generation” at today’s moment.

Who the original couple were remains a mystery, although George Mendonsa, 91, of Rhode Island, insists it was him.