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Graceland Outside

August 16, 2013

My memories of this day in history, along with photos of my visit to Graceland back in January this year.

Thirty Six years ago this afternoon I was in our kitchen washing dishes, we had a little black and white tv in there and I was waiting for my afternoon shows to start.
Suddenly the banner and tone for breaking news popped in and my summer changed dramatically.
I was raised on Elvis music. As an adult I have realized for the most part there were Elvis folks and Beatles Folks, rarely did they intertwine. Our mother was a huge Elvis fan. We didn’t have a huge collection of albums, but what we did have were mostly Elvis.
Of course I started crying hysterically and my younger brother ran in from the other part of the house probably thinking I had impaled myself with a knife or worse. His reaction was “oh is that all”, too which I cried more hysterically.
My mother road the bus back and forth to work so I went down to the corner to wait for her arrival to break the news. Aside from the moon landing when I was about five years old this is the only time I recall news running non stop in our home. We stayed up late waiting for the special tribute show the network aired after local news.
I feel a bit guilty to this day because it was about a year before Elvis death that my mother had the chance to go see him live for the first time. I pitched such a fit at not getting to go that my mother gave up her ticket to someone else.
My first year of junior high started a few days after and I remember a friend having a copy of the Enquirer claiming to have a pic of Elvis in his casket.
So there you have my random memories from this day in history.
I never dreamed I would ever get to see Graceland. Many of my family members had, even my youngest got to see it before me. Well finally I got to cross it off my bucket list.
It was truly an emotional moment for me. Here are the pics I shot from the outside.

Front

Front

Elvis Presley Blvd

Elvis Presley Blvd

Front fixture

Front fixture

Back

Back

Memorial Garden 1

Memorial Garden 1

Memorial Garden 2

Memorial Garden 2

Memorial Garden 3

Memorial Garden 3

Side window

Side window

Front Wall

Front Wall

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