With many annual gatherings and events being postponed or canceled this year, one longstanding tradition was maintained thanks to careful scheduling and crowd control.
A post on the Visit Graceland Instagram account explained that attendance at its annual Candlelight Vigil event would be lower than in years past.
“The Candlelight Vigil will be more limited than in past years due to social distancing and capacity restrictions, but the longstanding tradition will carry on with a fan procession to Meditation Garden,” the post said.
According to The Associated Press, 720 tickets were available for the Saturday night event, and all of them were snapped up. The three-hour vigil was carefully orchestrated, staggering attendees and enforcing strict guidelines.
Fans who weren’t able to snag a ticket or make the pilgrimage to Memphis, Tennessee, were invited to follow along with the livestream.
“Join us online for the annual Candlelight Vigil live from Elvis Presley’s Graceland during Elvis Week 2020,” the Vimeo page for the Candlelight Vigil 2020 reads.
“Fans will gather at Graceland on the evening of August 15 to carry a candle up to Meditation Garden in quiet remembrance of Elvis’ life and legacy. Fans from around the world are invited to join us live from Elvis’ home in Memphis, Tennessee.”
Fellow musicians also posted on social media to remember the king.
“I’m often asked who I would like to hang out with with living or passed,” Tim McGraw posted on Instagram, “and there’s no question…The King.”
“We lost him 43 years ago today..man he was cool.”
— Tanya Tucker (@tanyatucker) August 16, 2020
“Saluting The King today,” Tanya Tucker tweeted. “It doesn’t feel like it’s been 43 years since we lost @ElvisPresley.
“I’ll treasure our memories FOREVER!”
“These are some of the darkest days of my family’s life,” grandmother Priscilla Presley shared on Facebook. “The shock of losing Ben has been devastating. Trying to put all the pieces together of all the possible whys has penetrated my soul.
“Each day I wake up I pray it will get better. Then, I think of my daughter and the pain she is going through as she was a doting mother. Ben’s father, Danny, who is completely lost, as Ben was his only son.”
Though the family has suffered loss, they are clearly not forgotten.
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