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The war was over. Japan had been defeated, and the boys could come home again. This shot, which appeared on the cover of Life Magazine was taken in Times Square on 14 August, 1945, as sailors returned home to their families and girlfriends.

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Many thanks to Ken Dye for the photograph provided.