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Great Smoky park rededicated

September 03, 2009|Associated Press

Dolly Parton sang "My Mountain, My Home" as leaders rededicated the Great Smoky Mountains National Park on Wednesday on its 75th anniversary.

Some 2,000 people gathered at America's most-visited park to mark the anniversary of President Franklin D. Roosevelt's speech from the same stone stage as he lauded the park's creation. Roosevelt's chair was placed empty on the stage built by Civilian Conservation Corps volunteers.

Park supporters, lawmakers and others applauded Parton atop Newfound Gap on the Tennessee-North Carolina line as guests, including elderly former residents, recalled fond memories and great pride about the park's 1934 founding.

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