Elvis Presley fans maintain candle-lit vigil at Graceland to mark his 42nd death anniversary

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.

author_img Joy S Published :  16th August 2019 06:34 PM   |   Published :   |  16th August 2019 06:34 PM
A street art display honouring Elvis Presley at Graceland (AP Photo/Adrian Sainz)

A street art display honouring Elvis Presley at Graceland (AP Photo/Adrian Sainz)

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP): 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 honour 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.

Elvis Presley tribute artist Dean Zeligman performs for a crowd of die-hard fans at the Graceland Exhibition Center (Jim Weber/Daily Memphian via AP)

 

A procession of fans passes by Graceland while visiting Elvis Presley's grave (Jim Weber/Daily Memphian via AP)

 

Thousands of Elvis Presley fans light candles during the annual Elvis Week vigil in front of Graceland (Jim Weber/Daily Memphian via AP)

 

Donna Galloway lights candles at her small Elvis Presley shrine (Jim Weber/Daily Memphian via AP)

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