Balloons to Heaven Day
Balloon releases are ceremonial events where balloons filled with hydrogen or helium are released together in the sky as part of prayer ceremonies, to raise awareness about a cause or campaign, as part of a celebration, or as part of a balloon race or competition. On Balloons to Heaven Day, balloons are released in a symbolic gesture towards ending gun violence. The day helps bring awareness to the pain and suffering that gun violence causes to American families. The day is celebrated by families everywhere, particularly by those who have lost family members at the hands of gun violence. It is a way for them to mourn, and a way for them to hope for a future without gun violence.
How to Observe Balloons to Heaven Day
Observe the day by attending an event where balloons are being released. This day is especially for you if you lost a family member to gun violence, but even if that hasn't been your experience, you can join together with your family and mourn the loss of those who have. There is some opposition to balloon releases on account of the deleterious effects that balloons have on the environment and wildlife, so if you are going to take part in a balloon release, it's a good idea to research about less harmful balloons. There is a debate as to if biodegradable balloons exist.