The second ever Honor Flight held by the Honor Flight Conyers chapter took off early Thursday morning with local World War II veterans and their "guardians," departing from the American Legion Post 77 accompanied by a cavalcade of law enforcement motorcycles. They received the VIP treatment at Hartsfield Jackson International, where they were whisked away to a waiting Air Tran flight that will take them to Washington D.C. In Washington, the group will visit the WWII memorial and other memorials and stops during the day.
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The Honor Flight program provides free day-long trips for WWII veterans to Washington D.C. The Honor Flight Conyers chapter, which serves veterans from all over Georgia, is also looking for donations to help take more veterans to Washington, D.C. Currently, there's a waiting list of 125 veterans waiting for a chance to see the World War II memorial and other memorials in D.C.
Donors can help sponsor a veteran's flight, which costs $400 each, or contribute in any amount.
"We need donations in order to keep this rolling," said organizer Anita Smith.
For applications or more information, go to www.honorflightconyers.com or call (770) 483-4049.