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Every five years for 35 years, these friends have recreated the exact same photo.

Every five years for the past 35 years, this group of friends have recreated the same photo.

They credit it with keeping their friendship alive for almost four decades.

Since high school, John Wardlaw, John Dickson, Mark Rumer, Dallas Burney and John Molony have been meeting up at Copco Lake in California.

They took the first photo in 1982 when they were just 19 years old.

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Every five years for the past 35 years, this group of friends have recreated the same photo. Image via Facebook.

And every five years they return to the same spot to recreate the moment.

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Five years later. Image via Facebook.
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And another five years. Image via Facebook.
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Five more years and we're well and truly in the 90s. Image via Facebook.
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Heading into middle age. Image via Facebook.
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Another five years. Image via Facebook.
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Image via Facebook.
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And the final photo taken this year. Image via Facebook.

This year they took their eighth photo, posing just like they did in 1982 when they were just teenagers.

The friends are now all around 54 years of age.

Every five years they went to great lengths to recreate the photo, even making sure they had a mason jar like the one in the first photo.

So far they have taken photos in 1982, 1987, 1992, 1997, 2002, 2007, 2012 and 2017.

“I look at the photos and think of the relationships I went through,” Dickson told CNN. “Wedding rings come and go, if you look closely.”

Dickson said no matter where their lives lead, they plan to continue recreating the photo for as long as they possibly can.

“We plan on doing this for the rest of our lives, no matter what,” said Dickson. “Up until there’s one guy just sitting in the same pose! Even then, maybe someone will take a picture of an empty bench for us.”

“Without this photo, there’s no way we’d be together.”

Now that's friendship goals.

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