It’s hard to believe that it’s been 40 years since the passing of one of the most iconic figures in music. Elvis Presley passed away on August 15, 1977 and, since then, his loyal fans have flocked to his Graceland home in Memphis, Tennessee, to feel closer to “The King.” On his birthday, and again on the anniversary of his passing, they hold candlelight vigils to remember the man who left such a mark on country, rock and gospel music as well as film and television.
With this particular anniversary, though, it seemed fitting that his most important legacy — his family — take a more prominent role in honoring their Elvis.
Lisa Marie, Elvis’ only child, visited Graceland on the evening of August 15 to mourn her father’s passing with the fans. Joined by her son, Ben, and twin daughters, Harper and Finley, Lisa Marie was somber as she held a brass torch for fans to light their candles from. She also addressed the throng of mourners.
“On behalf of myself and my children, we are very happy to be here tonight,” she said. “It is because of you and only you, the dedication and your love of my father, you keep him alive the way you have and we thank you for that, we appreciate you for that and we love you.”
It was obviously an emotional time for many fans who visited the grounds to pay their respects to Elvis during the vigil.
Lisa Marie, the sole heir of Elvis Presley, took possession of Graceland in 1993.