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Posted on: March 23, 2020

[ARCHIVED] The Star to be lit as a beacon of hope at 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 23

Watch The Star light up live on Facebook 7:30 p.m. on Monday, March 23

Please watch live on the Town’s Facebook page (@CRgov)

Castle Rock Mayor Jason Gray will give a message at approximately 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 23. THE Star will then be lit by Castle Rock Fire and Rescue firefighters and long-time volunteers, also known as The Keepers of the Star. 

Unlike at the annual holiday Starlighting, we ask that the community not gather centrally to watch The Star light up. Please watch on the Town’s Facebook page (@CRgov), or from a spot safely away from others or from your vehicle, as current public health guidelines recommend.

At the March 17 Town Council meeting, Council voted unanimously on a special motion to light The Star atop The Rock as a symbol of hope during the pandemic, and as a reminder that Castle Rock is a strong and united community that will persevere. 

The 40-foot star atop Castle Rock’s 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,” said Mayor Jason Gray. “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 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 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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