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US WWII veteran and wife re-enact historic Times Square kiss to mark VJ Day

The pair from North Carolina were selected for the photograph to commemorate Victory-over-Japan Day. Credit: RTV

US World War II veteran Sydnor Thompson and his wife of 67 years, Harriette, re-enacted the historic Times Square kiss to mark Victory in Japan Day.

A replica stature was made of the famous photograph taken by Alfred Eisenstaedt. Credit: RTV

The couple posed next to a replica statue based on the famous photograph taken by Alfred Eisenstaedt in New York City in 1945.

VJ Day in Times Square is a photograph of an American sailor kissing a woman in a white dress on the same day Japan surrendered and brought the war to an end.

Other couples posed next to the replica to mark 69 years since Japan surrendered and brought the war to an end. Credit: RTV

The pair from North Carolina were selected for the photograph after 91-year-old Mrs Thompson set a record for the fastest runner over 90 years of age at a San Diego marathon.

Ahead of the event to commemorate those involved in the war, Mr Thompson said: "The greatest thing I ever did was to marry Harriette."

Mrs Thompson said: "I'm glad that I'm here to help keep the spirit of that 45 alive."

The event marked the start of a year-long effort to boost awareness of Victory-over-Japan Day, which reaches its 70th anniversary next year.

Glenn McDuffie, the US Navy veteran who was pictured in the iconic photo taken by Alfred Eisenstaedt, passed away in March aged 86.

Glenn McDuffie was photographed kissing a nurse on V-Day in 1945. Credit: Alfred Eisenstaedt/Getty