Elvis Week Day 5 - Candlelight Vigil

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Elvis Week Day 5 - Candlelight Vigil

Thousands of glowing candles, hundreds of memorials and flowers, and countless tears shed. Last night's Candlelight Vigil was beautiful and peaceful, as thousands of fans from around the world paid tribute to Elvis Presley.

Lisa Marie Presley and her daughters, Harper and Finley Lockwood, and her son, Benjamin Keough, were in attendance, and Lisa thanked the fans for their love and support. 

Graceland CEO Jack Soden and Priscilla Presley also spoke to the crowd and expressed their gratitude to the fans for keeping Elvis 'legacy alive.

The Candlelight Vigil lasted until the early morning hours, ending a long but memorable Elvis Week day.

The day began with Conversations on Elvis: Friends and Family, hosted by Tom Brown. Bill Medley of The Righteous Brothers shared funny tales of hanging out with Elvis in Las Vegas. Elvis' friend Bill Morris talked about Elvis' respect for police officers and his police badge collection. Guy Harris, who grew up with Elvis in Tupelo, shared is memories of a young Elvis. Jerry Schilling and Priscilla Presley were also in attendance, sharing their thoughts on Elvis' life and legacy.

That afternoon, Andy Childs hosted the Songwriters Showcase, which featured music and stories by three men who wrote some of Elvis' biggest hits:. Mac Davis, who penned "In the Ghetto" and other hits; Mike Stoller, who with his partner Jerry Leiber, wrote more than twenty songs recorded by Elvis, including “Jailhouse Rock,” “Loving You,” “Love Me,” and “Treat Me Nice," and Mark James, who wrote “Suspicious Minds,” “Always on my Mind,” and “Moody Blue,” among others, 

Check out Candlelight Vigil insights and photos of Elvis tributes on Jon Waterhouse's Elvis Week Blog.

And check out a time lapse of visitors to the Meditation Garden yesterday, starting with Graceland tours and continuing into the Candlelight Vigil - watch below:

Posted by Elvis Presley's Graceland at 11:14 AM
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