We first introduced the Memory Lanterns in 2005. They are, essentially, small hot air paper balloons, powered by a small candle inside that gives each lantern a warm glow that can be seen for miles in the sky.
The lanterns are often launched in other countries as memorials to loved ones, friends and groups of people. In 2009, numerous lanterns were launched at 11:00 p.m., on the Fourth of July throughout the state to honor and remember the North Dakota men and women serving overseas in the military. Since then, this lantern launch has become a tradition for many North Dakotans.
We donate $1.00 from every Memory Lantern sale to the North Dakota National Guard, a contribution that, in the past four years, has totaled over $20,000.
We’ve been donating to our troops in one form or another for the past six years. The response to the Memory Lanterns has been so overwhelming, we decided to continue this year and try to raise even more for our troops.
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