Times Square Kiss Redux: Featuring Second World War Vet and Wife

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The Second World War ended 69 years ago, but that didn’t stop U.S. veteran Sydnor Thompson, 90, from planting a kiss on his wife Harriette, 91, last Thursday to celebrate it.

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The couple kissed in New York’s Times Square – re-enacting the famous photo of a sailor and a woman in white smooching in the same spot, snapped by Alfred Eisenstaedt, on Victory in Japan Day in 1945.

The photo of the Thompsons, who have been married for 67 years, as well as the unveiling of a statue commemorating the original kiss, helped kick off festivities and commemorations leading to next year’s 70th anniversary.

This isn’t the first time the Thompsons have made news. At a recent San Diego marathon, Harriette set a speed record in the 90-plus age bracket – a feat that earned the couple the opportunity to pose for the official photograph in Times Square.