People from across KC metro enjoy a hot air balloon show on lawn of World War I Memorial

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Ahead of Memorial Day, hundreds of people gathered at the National World War I Museum and Memorial for its first ever Hot Air Balloon Glow.

Several inflated hot air balloons were spread across the lawn and lit up the yard at the memorial Sunday night.

Balloons, also called air ships, were primarily used in World War I to collect reconnaissance miles above the front lines. That means they helped military forces spy on their enemy.

Some attendees said it was their first time seeing a hot air balloon show.

“I’m so excited,” Ethan Harrison said. “I love balloons, and I love that we’re doing this for the holiday. It’s just great for the community, and it’s bringing people together after we’ve had really tough times.”

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A hot air balloon show at the National World War I Memorial on Memorial Day weekend. Photo by Kelsey Williamson.

It’s one of the many events happening at a time where people can go outside in large groups without a mask.

Local food trucks and artists were out, too.

“It’s good to see people walking around and like having fun with their dogs, and it’s outdoors. It’s nice outside today,” Melanie Wachs said.

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