It’s been a tradition for 35 years for fans to descend upon Graceland (the home of Elvis Presley where he died of a drug overdose) and hold a candlelight vigil on August 16th, the anniversary of his death.
And, while former wife and daughter have attended the vigil separately in the past, this year marks the first time they have attended together to the delight of fans.
Elvis fans from around the globe have flocked to Graceland every year since 1977 to be a part of the vigil that celebrates his life and career. A life cut tragically short at age 42, his songs are still played to each new generation, as he gains more fans.
Lisa Marie admitted to fans her reasons for avoiding past anniversaries were to avoid the sadness and emotions the day brings up for her. But, she felt it was important to come this year and witness the outpouring of love for her father.
The candlelight vigil officially ends what is now known as “Elvis Week,” an yearly celebration of the singer’s career and his life. Event organizers estimated 75,000 people were at the vigil.
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