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Elvis Presley Fans Flock to Graceland to Honor the King

By Annie Reuter

It has been thirty-nine years since Elvis Presley died, yet his name and music lives on and thousands of fans continue to make the annual pilgrimage to his home in Memphis, Tennessee.

Related: Elvis Presley’s Birth Certificate Up for Auction at Graceland

On Monday (Aug. 15), a candlelit vigil was held at Graceland to celebrate the late singer’s life. Fans traveled from around the world to visit the grave site, which is in the backyard of Elvis’ estate.

During the ceremony, Graceland officials announced they will build a new 200,000 square-foot entertainment complex across the street from the estate, reports Billboard.

Today, on the anniversary of Presley’s death, his brother David E. Stanley will release the book My Brother Elvis, which details his time living at Graceland and working for the King. Stanley’s mother married Elvis’ widowed father in 1960, and at the age of four the boy moved into the famed estate.

The book includes a recollection of Stanley’s last meeting with Elvis, which occurred on August 14, 1977, just two days before he died. At the time, Elvis said he would be going away for a few days and told Stanley when they next saw each other he would be “on a higher plane,” wrote Stanley.

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