CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD)- Two Charleston friends continued a decade-long tradition of celebrating their birthdays together by ringing in their 97th year in September.

Josefine “Piepsi” Joyce, 97, of Austria and Kitty Snyder, 96, of England have birthdays just days apart and have marked the occasion with one another every year for the past 10 years.

The two connected in 2012 thanks to a column written by Joyce’s daughter, Barbara, that recounted her parent’s love story.

Barbara and her mother introduced Synder and her son to ‘World War II War Brides’, an organization that connects war brides from around the world. The women attended the organization’s 2015 reunion aboard The Queen Mary in Long Beach, California– a ship that brought Snyder and many other war brides to the United States.

Both women met their husbands—American soldiers— during World War II and moved to the United States shortly after getting married.

Both Joyce and Synder’s husbands developed Alzheimer’s disease late in life and the women served as their caregivers for several years.

Joyce now lives in an assisted living facility on James Island and Synder is in a memory care facility in Mount Pleasant.

Happy Birthday, Piepsi and Kitty!