Baseball Helps 11-Year-Old Form Unlikely Friendship with 96-Year-Old WWII Vet

February 22, 2019 Updated: February 27, 2019

When a young baseball fan caught the ball during a Buffalo Bisons game, it would have been most fans’ dream to have that coveted ball. But this boy had other ideas.

Ty Barber, 11, had the ball in his grasp, but during the game, another baseball fan, WWII veteran Richard Snethen, was recognized for his service. So, the boy had an idea.

After the game, Barber decided to present the ball to the 96-year-old vet.

The man felt greatly honored.

“I mean that was the most moving thing, one of the treasured moments of my life, to tell you the truth,” he said, reports HeartThreads. “It makes you really feel that there’s some hope for America yet.”

The two baseball fans formed a bond, and Snethen has since mounted the ball in a place of honor. It serves to remind him always of the wonderful moment that touched his heart.

He even wrote a poem about the occasion.

Posted by Steve Barber on Sunday, 10 June 2018

Young Barber has a kind heart, and his consideration for the vet that day indicates our young people may indeed help to make America great again.

“Well, I guess I’m trying to be a role model,” he says, “and we really have to honor our veterans.”

Moreover, Barber has exemplified what it means to respect the older generation, which is one of the most important parts of our culture that should never be lost.

Watch the video below:

WWII vet, 11 year old form unlikely bond

When an 11-year-old caught a foul ball and presented it to a WWII veteran, an unexpected friendship and bond was formed. via HeartThreads

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