Elvis admirers remember his death 42 years ago with vigil
Elvis Presley fans carrying lit candles in the Tennessee night are visiting the rock ‘n’ roll icon’s grave at Graceland 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.
For those who have never been to the candlelight vigil from the gates of Graceland to the gravesites, or for those who can’t make it this year you can watch it live. A journey that’s beautiful, touching, emotional and quite surreal.https://t.co/1JAKELh2Xm
— Priscilla Presley (@Cilla_Presley) August 15, 2019
today marks 42 years since our king passed away at the age of 42. he wasn’t perfect, he had mistakes as a human being, but the world will never see anyone like him again. today i’ll try to make a thread of 42 posts in his honor.
— elvis archive (@bestofeIvis) August 16, 2019
— selena (@_selvis_) August 16, 2019
— The Beatles Story (@beatlesstory) August 16, 2019
Check out a few shots from tonight’s Candlelight Vigil at #Elvis Presley’s #Graceland. Thank you to the loyal fan clubs for serve in Honor Guard. And check out that beautiful full moon tonight! Stay tuned for more coverage coming soon. #Elvisweek2019 pic.twitter.com/6w7WHYAUrl
— Graceland (@VisitGraceland) August 16, 2019