ELVIS WEEK: Thousands Attend Candlelight Vigil

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Thousands of Elvis fans make their annual trip up to Graceland Friday evening and paused to mark the 37th anniversary since the King of Rock n Roll sang his last tune.
       
The annual vigil takes place on the eve of Elvis' death and goes into the early hours of Aug. 16 to mark the day he passed away in 1977.

Thousands of Elvis fans make their way up the drive in front of Graceland and end up at the Meditation Garden where Elvis' final resting place is.

Elvis fans from around the world make their annual pilgrimage to Graceland in Whitehaven just for this.
       
“It's very good, very peaceful,” said John Walsh, who came all the way from Ireland to visit. “We commemorate the anniversary of his death and the music of Elvis Presley; if you've never been here before, it's good to come to the vigil because you're never going to forget it.”

More than 50,000 are expected to walk through the Graceland's grounds Friday night and into the early hours Saturday.

“Elvis is, in my opinion, the greatest artist of the century, I would say of the millennium," said Nicola Crippa from Milan, Italy. "He was generous, he was kind, he was humble, as I met him I could see that.”

Elvis Presley Boulevard in front of Graceland was shut down at 6 p.m Friday and will remain closed into the early hours Saturday until the last fan participating in the vigil is able to walk through.


The vigil begins at 8:30.

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