The Star usually remains white except on three different occasions where the colors were changed. On September 11, 2001 the star was lit up in red, white, and blue as a tribute to the response of the 9/11 attacks. The second time the star changed was from April 22 to May 24 2007 in remembrance of the victims of the Virginia Tech Massacre. The only time the star has not been illuminated was on April 16, 2008, when the star went dark for one evening on the year anniversary of the Virginia Tech Shootings. The star will remain lit in all white except on certain holidays where it will be changed to red, white, and blue as a symbol of patriotism. Memorial Day, Flag Day, July 4, September 11, and Veterans Day are the days it will be lit up red, white, and blue.
The Roanoke Star isn't the the only attraction on top of Mill Mountain. In front of the star is a dramatic overlook that looks down onto downtown Roanoke. There is also Mill Mountain Zoo which is built near the Star on the summit of Mill Mountain which is popular among children. The Roanoke Star is a great place to visit and is a popular place to picnic because of the grand view of the city of Roanoke.