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Georgia World War II veterans head to Washington, D.C.

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World War II veteran Harry Scroggs, 95, of Gainesville, prepares to board a bus for Washington D.C. World War II veteran Harry Scroggs, 95, of Gainesville, prepares to board a bus for Washington D.C.
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Some World War II veterans, many of them in their 90s, are on their way from Georgia to Washington, D.C. for a special pre-Memorial Day visit.

The 25 veterans and their families met at the American Legion post in Conyers at 4:30 a.m. Tuesday. There they boarded buses and received a motorcade escort to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. 

Among them was Harry Scroggs, 95, of Gainesville. Scroggs served in the Army's 94th Infantry. He hopes to locate some familiar names at the World War II Memorial site.

"I think it's finally getting around to showing honor to those boys that we left behind," said Scroggs. "We offered our lives. But we didn't give our lives. We were there ready and willing. Dare I say a bad word? It's Hell on earth."

Dave Smith of Conyers Honor Flight helped to organize the one-day trip.

"We live the kind of life we live today because of their sacrifices and that of their comrades," said Smith. "They just deserve this honor, and that's why we do it."

The group expects to return to Atlanta's airport at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday.

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