1,000 Words: The V-J Day Kiss

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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.