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Memory Lanterns Honor Loved Ones


Setting Off Memory Lanterns

Those glowing balloons hovering over the region weren’t UFOs. Sold by regional fireworks dealer Memory Fireworks, those brightly illuminated balloons hovering above at around 11:00pm last evening were Memory Lanterns launched to honor and remember loved ones, specifically those serving in the military.

Memory Lanterns are small paper hot-air balloons with a small candle inside that, according to Memory Fireworks, can be seen for miles.

Memory Fireworks first introduced the lanterns in 2005. Beginning in 2009, the fireworks dealer began donating $1 for each balloon sold to the North Dakota National Guard, amounting to just under $5,000 its first year.

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