Thursday, August 16, 2007

Memphis -- The Candlelight Vigil

It's Still Wednesday

The Candlelight Vigil is over! What a wonderful time we had! It's not only taking a candle and slowly walking up the hill past Elvis' gravesite, it's really talking to the Elvis fans. It's the sharing fond memories of the "Elvis times" we all had. "Where did you last see Elvis?" someone asks. Then the fond memories start pouring out!

This is what the local newspaper had to say about it:

"More than 50,000 people paid their respects to the King of rock and roll throughout the night Wednesday, the largest attendance estimate ever for the candlelight vigil that has become the focal point of the annual Elvis Week in Memphis."

It was hot Wednesday in Memphis! The temperature index was 106! Ouch! Some fans were lined up at 2 p.m. next to the wall on Elvis Presley Boulevard. We stayed in our Casita until well after dark. Only problem was that line was really long. It snaked in back and six times. We stood in line and chatted from 9:45 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. The line was still just as long as it was at 9:45 a.m. I have no doubt that fans were walking up the hill well after daylight. The news media was there. Helicopters circled overhead until well past 4 a.m. It's hard to believe Elvis' fans would be so loyal after so many years. It's hard to believe a singer who passed from this life 30 years ago has so many young fans, too! It hard to believe so many people all over the world are so loyal. Sandi got tired and sat down on the curb. Soon she was talking to a Japanese girl about Elvis.

After we marched past the gravesite in Meditation Garden, Sandi and I noticed many fans were in tears. No one spoke. It was a solemn occasion. Many fans and fan clubs left tributes in flowers. Sandi, who has been here many times had never seen so many tributes.
We finally got back to the Casita at 4:30 a.m. We went to bed at 5 a.m. and fell right off to sleep. We were extremely tired.

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