DreamShip, a fully operational hot air balloon, is set to take its inaugural flight “before embarking on a year-long journey to raise awareness of Folds of Honor.”
The cause in question is a nonprofit organization based in Owasso, Oklahoma, “dedicated to providing educational scholarships to children of fallen or disabled service members.”
According to Thursday’s announcement, with a design as “unique as its mission,” we’re told that the DreamShip will showcase artwork created by Folds of Honor scholarship recipients symbolizing their hopes and dreams for the future.
Of course, if you can’t board The DreamShip, you can still enjoy a ride — at least kids can.
This week’s launch event includes special exhibits like a virtual reality hot air balloon ride and a virtual reality art station (where kids can use Tilt Brush technology to “draw their dreams”).
“Today is a very special day for Folds of Honor, but it’s only the beginning,” said President of The Rite Aid Foundation Ken Martindale in a news release. “From here on out, with every launch, the DreamShip will lift up the dreams of children helped by Folds of Honor, both physically and metaphorically, and The Rite Aid Foundation could not envision a better way to show our support of Folds of Honor, our veterans and their children.”