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Thousands Remember Elvis on Anniversary of Death


Saturday is the 26th anniversary of the death of singer Elvis Presley, and thousands of people gathered at his Graceland home in Memphis, Tennessee, to remember the music legend.

About 5,000 Elvis fans were lined up when Graceland's gates opened Friday night for the annual overnight candlelight vigil past the singer's grave. Thousands more later joined the procession which continued until early Saturday.

Officials in Memphis estimate about 35,000 people took part in this year's Elvis Tribute Week. Some came many hundreds - even thousands - of kilometers to attend. One man from Ohio said he has been at Graceland on this day every year since Elvis died on August 16, 1977.

The event comes with a full week of activities, including concerts, Elvis look-alike contests, special tours of his Graceland home, screenings of his movies, and if you give $35 to an animal charity, a chance to swim in the swimming pool at the home in Memphis where Elvis lived before he moved to Graceland.

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