A decorative star overlooking Boulder, Colo., on Flagstaff Mountain that is a fixture during the holiday season was lit on Monday night in honor of the 10 victims of the shooting at the King Soopers grocery store.
The Boulder Chamber, an organization that supports local businesses, announced the action on Twitter, saying, “We simply unite in our shared grief for the tragic taking of life from such a violent act and we send our heartfelt condolences to the families who have lost loved ones.”
Mayor Sam Weaver of Boulder urged residents to look at the star “in hope of a future in which these horrific events are a distant memory. And let us commit to making such a future a reality.”
The chamber said the star has marked every holiday season in the city for more than 70 years. It was first lit in 1947 and has shone out of season a year ago in support of efforts to fight the coronavirus pandemic.
Over the years, the star’s lights have been reconfigured for different occasions, including a No. 1 when the University of Colorado won a national championship in 1990 and a peace sign in the 1960s, according to 9News.