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Honor Flight looking for guardians, donors
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Honor Flight Conyers is looking for your help as it gears up for two more trips to Washington, D.C., for World War II veterans on April 19 and May 22.

Each flight will carry 25 World War II veterans and needs 25 guardians for each flight to accompany the veterans. The guardians, who pay their own way, travel with and assist each veteran for the day trip.

"We are definitely looking for guardian applications. The cost is $400. Guardians pay their own way, veterans go totally free," said Dave Smith, Honor Flight Conyers president. The only requirement for guardians is the willingness and physical capability to go through the day trip.

"It'll be one of the best, enjoyable rewarding days spent in their life, getting to honor these World War II veterans who are passing away at 1,200 a day. Time is short," said Smith.

The nonprofit organization, 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 thing rolling," said Smith.

The trips will leave at 5 a.m. from the American Legion Post 77 in Conyers, on Ga. Highway 138, for an AirTran flight from Hartsfield-Jackson airport to D.C. and will return late in the evening, around 10:30 p.m.

For applications or more information, go to or call (770) 483-4049.