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Saturday, August 19, 2017

Tens of Thousands of Elvis Fans Join Ex-wife Priscilla and Daughter Lisa Marie for Moving Candlelit Vigil at Graceland on the 40-year Anniversary of The King's Death

ElvisElvis’ wife and daughter, Priscilla and Lisa Marie Presley, joined thousands fans at Graceland ranch on Tuesday to mark the 40th anniversary of The King’s death. Fans traveled from all over the world to pay their respects and to take part in the vigil held outside the Graceland mansion. Lisa Marie Presley helped mourners light their candles as they remembered the life and legacy of her father. After their candles were lit, fans were led on a procession through the 13.8-acre estate, where they were able to see the graves of Elvis, his mother, father, and grandmother.

While many were content with the solemn affair, some fans were a bit disconcerted with a novel event that started this year: they were charged a $28.75 fee to attend. Organizers said that increasing attendance has resulted in higher costs for security and other ancillary expenses. This year’s remembrance of Elvis was expected to draw up to 50,000 visitors, which requires a substantial amount of planning and precautionary measures to be taken. But, some fans are not buying the rhetoric. Fred Schwarz, a long-time fan who has attended several vigils said, “I looked forward to going down there this year, and they come up with all this. I don't want to even go to Memphis anymore. The people running that are not Elvis fans. They are in business. Corporations, they want the bottom line.”

See James Wilkinson, Tens of Thousands of Elvis Fans Join Ex-wife Priscilla and Daughter Lisa Marie for Moving Candlelit Vigil at Graceland on the 40-year Anniversary of The King's Death, Daily Mail.com, August 16, 2017.

Special thanks to Molly Neace, J.D., for bringing this article to my attention.

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