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It was 1945 all over again: Howard Schonberger and Helen Sawyer best replicate famous Times Square kiss

Top photo: Howard Schonberger and Helen Sawyer won the kissing contest in the American Legion, Saturday. Voters ruled that their buss best matched the one captured by the Life magazine photographer on Times Square (bottom photo) after the announcement that World War II had ended.    - Top photo: Minnie Knych. Bottom photo: National Archives
Top photo: Howard Schonberger and Helen Sawyer won the kissing contest in the American Legion, Saturday. Voters ruled that their buss best matched the one captured by the Life magazine photographer on Times Square (bottom photo) after the announcement that World War II had ended.
— image credit: Top photo: Minnie Knych. Bottom photo: National Archives

For a moment, it was Times Square 1945 all over again.

Veterans from each of the military branches and their significant others took to the American Legion stage Saturday to see who could best replicate that famous spontaneous celebratory gesture captured by a Life magazine photographer when the end of World War II was announced.

The winners: Army veteran Howard Schonberger and his bride, Helen Sawyer. The romantic couple won a romantic dinner at The Bluffs restaurant.

The event was a highlight of the dinner held to honor World War II veterans. The dinner was free to World War II veterans and their spouses. Attendees dined on Caesar salad, tri tip roast, red potato, green vegetables, and Gordy's Famous Supreme Cookie. Ary Hobbel was toastmaster. Jill Urbach and the One More Time Band performed period music.

Co-organizer Pauli Gavora of the American Legion Auxiliary said the event raised money for Honor Flights, to send World War II veterans to Washington, D.C. to tour the World War II Memorial. Former senator Bob Dole, who was wounded in action during World War II, will meet each plane. Veterans and their spouses will receive flights and accommodations for free.

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