Editorial: Capturing V-J Day for all time

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It’s a picture that anyone, of any age, immediately understands.

A sailor grabs a girl. The girl willingly dips. A kiss seals the end of World War II.

The moment captures the relief. It encapsulates the celebration. It captures the unambiguous joy of the end of a long, bloody and honorable war.

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As our nation commemorates the 70th anniversary of V-J Day this weekend — the day when Japan surrendered, effectively ending the war — the number of soldiers who helped carry America and the Allies to victory grows smaller with each passing day.

Fewer old-timers are around to remind us of the importance of this war against fascism. Fewer heroes are around to remind us that while all war is hell, some are more noble than others.

So we turn to this photo, shot in the midst of a crowd celebrating in Times Square in New York City.

Look at the photo and feel the joy.

Look at the photo and feel the pride.

Look at the photo and remember V-J Day.

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