Elvis Presley's Death Anniversary Marked at Graceland
08/16/2011 AT 09:30 AM EDT
An estimated 15,000 to 20,000 devotees from all over the world – including Japan, England and Germany – gathered at Presley's home overnight, processing through the Presley family cemetery and leaving flowers and other mementos at the singer's gravesite. Some even sported sideburns and pompadours in tribute to the late superstar.
The vigil is the cornerstone of "Elvis Week," an annual celebration held at the Memphis estate where he died on Aug. 16, 1977, at 42.
"I try to be like him, in the ways that he was nice to people and how he treated people," one fan, a pompadour and sideburn-sporting Patrick Lucas, told the Associated Press. "He was a giving person."
– Liz Raferty