The rededication of the DAR Monument marking the Daniel Boone trail in the saddle of the gap on Cumberland Mountain began with a dinner on June 12 at Pine Mountain with President General Lynn F. Young. The dinner was well attended by all states.
The president general and each of the four state regents brought greetings, giving a little background of how their state contributed to the marking of the trail. It was a fun time with picture taking, meeting new people and seeing old friends.
The rededication ceremony, held on June 13, began inside the visitor’s center at Cumberland Gap National Historical Park with the presentation of the colors. Certificates were presented to those bringing the colors. A history about the trail was given from the parks service, followed by greetings again from the president general and the state regents from North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and Kentucky. Guests then moved outside where a gun salute was held.
Directions were given for the trek up the mountain to the pyramid shaped monument. On the way up, re-enactors told a little about their story, including Rebecca Boone and a Cherokee Indian speaking in native tongue then translating into English. When reaching the monument there was a short presentation and each state placed a wreath at their side of the monument, followed by a photo session.
Following the rededication, a group of about 75 daughters traveled to Cumberland Gap for a casual lunch at Angelo’s in the Gap with the president general before her departure. The restaurant itself is a historic building and held all the charm with it. It has been many things over the years, beginning with a bank, mortuary, restaurant, tea room and others.