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Elvis week

Date Added: April 06, 2009 01:54:49 PM
Author: crix
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When the death of Elvis Presley was announced on august 16th 1977, thousands of his mourning fans descended to his home Graceland's in Memphis Tennessee,they were shocked and stunned in disbelief. on the first anniversary of his death a group of fans gathered at the gates to light candles and spend the evening reminiscing. each year after that, there were more and more fans, Graceland opened to the public in 1982, Elvis fans suggested to management that the gates be opened during their candlelight tribute, to allow them to walk in single file up the driveway to Elvis’s final resting place and back again. This solemn procession has since been the culmination of every Elvis Week,it runs from about 9 -17 August in Memphis. During Elvis Week, the King's life is reenacted and dissected again and again. Organizers say that this year's 2012 Elvis Week, will be the largest since the event began 30 years ago. and this year marks the 35th anniversary of his death on Aug. 16, 1977, and up to 75,000 people are expected to show up. Elvis daughter, Lisa Marie Presley,and Priscilla Presley,are scheduled to attend this year. thousand of fans fill the four-lane road in front of Graceland, which police have barricaded off. Some of Elvis fans stand for hours waiting for the gates to Graceland to open at 9 p.m. Patient veterans of the vigil sit in fold-up chairs, waiting for the crowds crowds to fade and they can get a turn to softly walk up the drive, past all rows of wreaths and lay a flower or teddy bear or a card where the Elvis is at rest in the family plot. Some cry softly, others hold hands, many are dressed in Elvis-outfits or Elvis T-shirts; plenty of bald and grey heads to be seen but also many too young to even have been born when “Suspicious Minds” was the song on everyone’s lips. Maybe that’s why the Elvis phenomenon is still going strong 30-something years after that fateful day on 16 August 1977 in Memphis, Tennessee when Graceland lost its King. To pass through the gates of Graceland, especially on the night of the annual vigil, is to make a pilgrimage unlike any other

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