Seventy years ago, couples around the country kissed to celebrate the end of World War II, but there was one smooch that has stood out over time.

When a sailor dipped and went in for a wet one with a woman in a white dress in Times Square on August 14, 1945, a Life photographer was there to capture the moment. That kiss on Victory over Japan Day has become one of the most famous in American history

On Friday, dozens of couples filled Times Square to reenact it. Towering 25 feet above them as they locked lips: a sculpture doing the same

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Times Square ‘Kiss-In’ reenacts World War II sailor’s famous smooch