90-Year-Old Veteran and Young Boy Have Best Friendship Ever

Cropped view of a grandfather's hand holding his grandson's hand

It’s an unlikely friendship, that’s for sure, but it is also one that will tug at your heartstrings.

World War II veteran Erling Kindem and 4-year-old Emmett Rychner struck up a friendship when they lived next door to each other in Farmington, Minnesota. The two families were neighbors for nearly 10 years, but  didn’t have much interaction until Emmett took an interest in Erling’s tomato plants. Whenever he saw Erling working in the garden, he’d wander over.

“Every time he saw me out there, he’d come running over,” Erling told KARE 11 last year. “[Emmett would ask] ‘Erling, got any ‘matoes?’”

The pair became best friends –drawing pictures, riding bikes and lawn mowers together.

Eventually the Rychners moved away, and Erling moved into a retirement home, but that doesn’t stop Emmett from going to see his dear old friend. Emmett’s mom makes sure to take him to visit Erling on a regular basis.

Earlier this month, Emmett reunited with Erling at his retirement home to celebrate his 90th birthday. They sang, ate cake and Emmett gave Erling a very special gift: a dog tag that said “Emmett and Erling: Friends Forever.” Emmett has one to match.

We fully admit, this article doesn’t give Emmett and Erling’s amazing friendship justice. You can see how much love the two have for each other in the video below.

WARNING: This video has the ability bring even the strongest of grown men to tears. Don’t say we didn’t give you a heads up!

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