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Candlelight vigil to remember Elvis Presley

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Elvis Presley fans from around the world are expected to descend on Graceland for a candlelight vigil on the 36th anniversary of his death.

The vigil is scheduled to begin Thursday night and continue into Friday morning. Each year, thousands of young and old fans of the late rock 'n' roll icon line up for hours for the opportunity to visit his grave inside the walls of Graceland, his longtime Memphis home.

The vigil started as an informal gathering the year after his death on Aug. 16, 1977. It has blossomed into the highlight of Elvis Week, the annual celebration of all things Elvis in Memphis.

The event also has become an international affair, hosting devotees of Presley's from Japan, Brazil, Germany, England and other foreign countries.

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