PRATTVILLE, AL (WSFA) - Roscoe Williams, Joe Mathis and Ed Mullins were friends before but have since become even closer.
"Absolutely," all three said during a round-table interview in Prattville.
It started with Honor Flight, an opportunity to fly aging World War Two veterans to see their memorial for the first time in Washington, D.C. Williams, Mathis and Mullins have just wrapped up their third Honor Flight.
"We worked together," said Williams.
Working together to produce 3 Honor Flights in one year, trips that have taken well over 240 World War Two veterans to D.C., satisfying to say the least for the trio and relatively smooth considering just one flight takes months of planning. There is so much preparation involved. There's an application process to figure out which veteran can physically make the journey, money needed to rent a jet and volunteers to recruit to serve as guardians to the veterans. All of the money need to secure a plane has come from through community donations. The donations have ranged from $3 to $11,000 by a 5th grade class at Prattville Christian Academy.
"All has gone smooth. We had one vet who stumbled on a piece of concrete that I stumbled on last weekend," Mathis said with a chuckle.
To say the men have made a difference would be a gross understatement. After 3 Honor Flights they are still getting hugs, thank you's and along the way, a bit of perspective of just what it is they have done.
"It's made me much more appreciative of the veterans and their sacrifices in the war," said Mullins.
And remember, they are getting 'thanked' by the same veterans who have been credited for saving the world more than 60 years ago.
"I have a fella who goes to my church and he still hugs me. That makes me feel good," said Mullins.
"I was at a shoe store in Montgomery and a vet walked over to me and thanked me. And I thought he shouldn't be thanking me. I thanked him for what he had done," Williams said.
Making a difference with Williams and company won't stop after 3 Honor Flights. The three men are making plans for a 4th flight but when is still up in the air. One reason for that is because college football teams fly in the fall, meaning a jet may not be available until next spring.