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Candlelight vigil draws thousands of Elvis fans to Memphis

(WMC-TV) - Thousands of Elvis fans lined up Monday to pay their respects to the King of Rock and Roll.

Fans camped outside the Graceland mansion four hours before the candlelight vigil. Nearly everyone there had a special memory of the King.

"I only saw him once when I was little," Anita Massey said. "It was kind of far away, but I did see him."

"I saw him at the Civic Center in Connecticut, Madison Square Garden, and the Nasaw," Mickey LaPone added.

2011 marks the 34th anniversary since the death of Elvis Presley, and LaPone hasn't missed one year. She's has been wearing her custom made Elvis suit and wearing her Elvis Jeans at the annual candlelight vigil for 25 years.

"When I put those pants on for the candle light service everybody stops me and says, 'Where'd you get them?'" she said.

Scott Williams at Elvis Presley Enterprises said the annual event all about appreciation.

"They'll proceed up the driveway with candles to pay their respects and to remember Elvis for all he's done for the world of entertainment," he said.

Holding memories close to their heart, fans say they'll never stop making this journey to remember the king.

"If he's looking down, he's going to see us every year," Anita Powell said.

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