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If you live in Anchorage, you will undoubtedly look for the “Star on the Mountain” as a sign of the winter season. On JBER land, short for Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, this large star of lights shines throughout the Anchorage area. A holiday tradition in Alaska, the star spreads it’s light to everyone through the long, dark winter nights.
Over 300 feet across currently, the star is maintained by the service men and women of JBER, and lies on military land. On foggy days, it can appear the star is floating above the city.
Each year, the star must be repaired as each spring and summer the weather damages the structure to some extent.
Anchorage is bordered by the gorgeous Chugach Mountain Range. The home of the star is Mount Gordon, standing near the city up Arctic Valley Road.
Each winter, there are many people affected by the long, dark nights. The winter, and especially the holidays, can be a very lonesome time for people.
The star began as a small star on a military building roof in 1958. Since then it has been moved and expanded to 300 feet across. This photo shows the star in 1972.
The star shines on the night of September 11, and then throughout the winter from the day after Thanksgiving. The vigil is over when the last musher finishes the Iditarod sled dog race in March.
Here is a video from JBER (Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson):
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