V-J Day! August 14, 1945, President Harry S Truman announced Japan had surrendered, and the war was over; insurmountable joy bursting forth in that moment, one such expression caught forever in time by photographer, Alfred Eisenstaedt.
Over the years, several people have claimed to be the kissing couple in Times Square. I rather prefer their anonymity; a sailor and a nurse celebrating the greatest news of their day, unknown to each other and to the rest of the world.
I like imagining the abundance of energy, exhilaration, relief and gratitude that had to be coursing through every fiber of the celebrants in Time Square, and every other corner of our country that day. It was V-J Day, and the war was over! It finally was over; and most definitely worthy of a giant smooch, right on the lips!