Each year, the fans bring a ton of flowers to Elvis’ grave in the Graceland Meditation Garden. This is a photo taken in 2009, but it doesn’t approach the overwhelming amount of flowers and Elvis remembrances of that accumulate by August 16 every year.
Like this. The photo appeared in a 2017 Billboard Magazine on-line article about the fans being upset that EPE was charging $27.85 for doing the Candlelight Vigil up to Elvis’grave.
This photo appeared in a New York Post on-line article about the same topic. Either the Post or Billboard was using an older photo, because the flowers and remembrances are different.
Fans started bringing flowers to Elvis’ grave 42 years ago when he was entombed at the Forest Hills Cemetery.
However, his casket was not put in the ground. It went into a crypt inside the huge granite and marble mausoleum.
This photo of the pallbearers carrying the casket on August 18, 1977, does not show the size of the mausoleum or the blanket of flowers around it. This one does.
Wow, that’s a lot of flowers. I don’t know how the florists in Memphis kept up with the demand for all the bouquets.
Here is the flower-covered coffin before it was carried into the crypt.
This is the crypt where Elvis was first entombed. The flowers you see were not those put there in 1977. They actually were in a 2012 photo when the crypt was put up for auction. I did not follow up to see how much it went for. I just don’t like the whole idea.
There are hundreds of on-line photos of flowers at Elvis’ grave, but very few give the year. Here are some I could find.
According to a posting on eBay, this slide photo was taken in 1978. I wonder. Graceland wasn’t opened up to the public until 1981.
This 2016 photo was taken from a different perspective that shows the grave sites of Gladys, Vernon, Elvis, and his grandmother Minnie Mae.
Here’s a blow-up of the inscription on Elvis’ grave. I thought you might like to read it.
Elvis fans have created some heart-felt remembrances to place in the Meditation Garden. Many of these have flowers.
Floral tributes to Elvis on August 16 take place all over the world.
These flowers were placed at the Elvis monument in Bad Nauheim, Germany in 2017.
This Elvis memorial was created in Melbourne, Australia in 1977, and is still bedecked with flowers to this day.
We miss you, Elvis. Hope you liked all your flowers.
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