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Elvis Presley fans flock to Graceland for annual candlelight vigil of his passing

The vigil is the week’s cornerstone event, with silent mourners filing slowly past his resting place and the graves of his parents and grandmother in the Meditation Garden at his former Memphis home.

Thousands of Elvis Presley fans briefly light candles during the annual Elvis Week vigil in front of Graceland to honor the 42nd anniversary of the rock ‘n’ roll icon’s death.
Thousands of Elvis Presley fans briefly light candles during the annual Elvis Week vigil in front of Graceland to honor the 42nd anniversary of the rock ‘n’ roll icon’s death.
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MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Elvis Presley fans carrying lit candles in the Tennessee night visited the rock ‘n’ roll icon’s grave at Graceland on Thursday during the annual vigil commemorating his death 42 years ago.

Presley admirers from all over the world descend on Memphis every year to honor his life and career during Elvis Week.

The vigil is the week’s cornerstone event, with silent mourners filing slowly past his resting place and the graves of his parents and grandmother in the Meditation Garden at his former home, Graceland. The vigil started Thursday night and runs throughout the night into Friday.

Presley died on Aug. 16, 1977. But the singer and actor’s likeness and voice continue to appear in movies, TV shows, plays and music box sets.

The Graceland tourist attraction draws about 500,000 visitors annually.