Castle Rock council votes to light Star as beacon of hope

Sign of community support expected to be lit March 23

Staff report
Posted 3/19/20

A special motion to light the Star was approved unanimously during the Castle Rock Town Council's meeting March 17. Lighting the Star will serve as a symbol of hope during the COVID-19 pandemic, and …

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Castle Rock council votes to light Star as beacon of hope

Sign of community support expected to be lit March 23

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A special motion to light the Star was approved unanimously during the Castle Rock Town Council's meeting March 17.

Lighting the Star will serve as a symbol of hope during the COVID-19 pandemic, and as a reminder that Castle Rock is a strong and united community that will persevere, according to a news release.

The 40-foot star atop the iconic Rock was originally constructed in 1936, during the Great Depression, as a symbol of hope that could be seen for miles around.

“When times get hard in Castle Rock, the community comes together,” Mayor Jason Gray said in the release. “We will get through this, and my wish is that everyone who sees the Star will ask themselves what they can do in the community to help those who need support.”

The Star is anticipated to be lit March 23 by Castle Rock Fire and Rescue firefighters and a longtime volunteer, also known as The Keepers of the Star. Watch CRgov.com and Town social media (@CRgov) for specifics on when the Star will light up.

Unlike at the annual Starlighting, town officials ask that the community not gather centrally to watch the Star light up, the release said. Residents are instead asked to watch from a spot safely away from others, as public health guidelines recommend.

The Star is typically lit each year from the Saturday before Thanksgiving through the National Western Stock Show. Outside the holiday season, the Star has been lit a just handful of times for special occasions. Town council consent is required to light the Star at times other than the holiday season.

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