CANDLELIGHT VIGIL8:30 pm. Gates of Graceland.
After an opening ceremony at the Gates of Graceland, fans are invited to walk up the driveway to Elvis' gravesite and back down carrying a candle in quiet remembrance. Gates remain open until all who wish to participate in the procession have done so, which typically takes until the early morning hours of August 16, the anniversary of Elvis' passing. The Candlelight Vigil will be open for all to attend. No special passes or wristbands are required to participate in the Candlelight Vigil. All guests will be required to pass through security checkpoint. Can't be in Memphis for the vigil? The Candlelight Vigil Ceremony will also be available to watch online. From Graceland.com
SATURDAY, AUGUST 15
MEMORIES FROM CANDLELIGHT VIGILThe annual Candlelight Vigil has always been the cornerstone of Elvis Week. In this special screening, enjoy memories from past Candlelight Vigils, including footage from opening ceremonies and processions, interviews with fans and celebrities, a look at amazing street art tributes, and more.
CANDLELIGHT VIGIL LIVESTREAM9:00 PM CT.
Enjoy a special pre-show and live footage from the annual Candlelight Vigil that will be taking place in Memphis. The longstanding tradition will continue this year with a socially distanced fan procession to Meditation Garden. The live stream will also be available, as always, on Graceland.com, free of charge for all fans to view.
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New Elvis Forever Stamp to be Dedicated at Graceland
Priscilla Presley and Postmaster General Megan J. Brennan will dedicate the new Elvis Forever stamp on the front lawn of Graceland on Wednesday, Aug. 12 at 8 a.m. CT.
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Elvis' Friends, Back-up Singers Join Guest List
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By Tim O'Brien for Digital Journal
Elvis Presley honored with new Music Icons stamp By Tim O'Brien Entertainment
Even though Elvis Presley already had a stamp produced in his honor, there is another one on the way. Today, the United States Post Office revealed the next stamp.
The stamp is part of the Music Icons series (see photo).
In a Graceland release, it noted that Priscilla Presley will join Postmaster General Megan Brennan in dedicating the stamp on Aug. 12. It will take place at Graceland in Memphis as part of this year’s Elvis Week celebration. The public is encouraged to tweet about this news using #ElvisForever. Meanwhile, the post office is teaming with Sony Music’s RCA/Legacy Recordings and will release a special CD in commemoration of the event. The CD is titled "ELVIS FOREVER."
On the CD are 18 songs and it features a special recording of "If I Can Dream." The CD will be available on Aug. 12 as well, online and at select U.S. postal offices. This stamp features a 1955 black-and-white photograph of Elvis. It was taken by William Speer. The description follows, in full, from the release: The square stamp pane resembles a vintage 45 rpm record sleeve. One side of the pane includes 16 stamps while the image of a sliver of a record seems to peek out of the top of the sleeve. An image of Presley performing was shot by photographer Alfred Wertheimer and the logo for the Music Icons series appear on the reverse side (above) of the stamp pane. Antonio Alcalá of Alexandria, VA, served as the art director and designed the stamp pane with Leslie Badani, also of Alexandria, VA.
Now, as noted earlier, this is not the first time Elvis has been featured on a stamp. In 1993, the first one was produced and it, according to The Smithsonian’s National Postal Museum, "the most popular U.S. commemorative stamp of all time." Music Icons started in 2013. The first honored were Lydia Mendoza, Johnny Cash and Ray Charles. Last year Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin were honored.
The following text borders the block of 16 stamps:
“During his illustrious career, rock-and-roll superstar Elvis Presley starred in dozens of feature films, won three Grammy Awards, and recorded 18 number one singles: Heartbreak Hotel, I Want You, I Need You, I Love You, Don’t Be Cruel, Hound Dog, Love Me Tender, Too Much, All Shook Up , (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear, Jailhouse Rock, Don’t, Hard Headed Woman, A Big Hunk O’ Love, Stuck On You, It’s Now Or Never, Are You Lonesome Tonight?, Surrender, Good Luck Charm, Suspicious Minds.”
Tim and oh, all that research.