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WHITEHAVEN, Tenn. (FOX13) -

Thousands of Elvis fans attended the candlelight vigil Thursday evening night and the last visitor left the grounds of Graceland at 3:30 a.m. Friday.

Four hours later, the endless stream of Elvis fans continued to pass through the gates at Graceland on the 36th anniversary of Presley's death. Fans will be back throughout the weekend attending events all over Memphis.

But they will be back, just as they have been coming back for 35 years.

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Someone wanted to know how many times I have been to Graceland to cover the anniversary of Elvis' death and his birthday and everything else. The answer is I really don't know. But it is a lot.

Hundreds of live shots and hundreds of stories over the 35 years I have covered Elvis and Graceland but even my record is small compared to legions of Elvis fans, like Gary Revill of Toledo, Ohio.

"I saw Elvis Presley in concert Thanksgiving Day 1956 when I was 16 years old and my wife and I were dating and we went together there," Revill said. "Then we went to Vegas in 1976 and then in Toledo in February of 1977."

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Revill is among an ever shrinking number of people who actually saw Elvis perform live. Many visiting Memphis to pay homage to Elvis have only seen him in movies and heard him on the radio. Then there is the Graceland experience.

"I came here in 1978 the first year after his death, then in 1985 when it opened for tours," Revill said. "I guess the last eight years now."

The fact that thousands of Elvis fans continue to come after all these years is truly amazing. It's even amazing to those who keep coming back themselves.

"I'm glad to see young people coming here because I wonder about it, how long it's going to carry on," he said. "When I see these young people, it's going to last a long, long time."

So what is it that keeps bringing Revill coming back to Memphis?

"I can't explain it," he said. "When I come here I feel at peace here for some reason. I just love coming here."

Apparently Graceland has that effect on the 600,000 who flock to Graceland every year, one of the top destinations in the United States to visit.

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