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Q: I heard that World War II veterans from Georgia are going to see the National World War II Memorial in Washington. Can you confirm this with details?

— Ramona Musselwhite, Cumming

A: Honor Flight of Conyers, a nonprofit that is part of the national Honor Flight organization, has scheduled day trips to take World War II veterans to visit war memorials in Washington on April 17 and May 14. Honor Flight of Conyers accepts applications through its website — www.honorflightconyers.com — for the trips, which are limited to 25 veterans and 25 guardians, which can be family or friends, David Smith, president of Honor Flight of Conyers, told Q&A on the News. The trips begin at the American Legion post in Conyers at 4:30 a.m., and the group takes two First Baptist Church of Conyers buses, which includes a police escort, to Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, where they fly AirTran to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport. They board a tour bus and visit the National World War II Memorial and the Korean War Veterans Memorial, have lunch, watch the changing of the guard at Arlington National Cemetery and visit the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, time permitting. They have supper at Reagan and arrive back in Atlanta at about 10:30 p.m. Honor Flight of Conyers made one trip in 2011 and three last year. "You wonder about these guys holding up for the long day, but they're pumped up on adrenaline," Smith said. Honor Flight prioritizes veterans by age and health conditions, and guardians must give a $400 tax-deductible donation to make the trip. More information can be found on the website.