Elvis Presley's fans, having paid their "quiet and very personal tribute" to the king of rock 'n' roll on the 11th anniversary of his death Tuesday, continued their week of activities honoring his memory.
Thousands of fans bearing candles marched single file late Monday night up the winding driveway at Graceland, Presley's estate in Memphis, Tenn., to stand by his grave where he is buried alongside his mother, father and grandmother.
The candlelight vigil is the highlight of Elvis International Tribute Week, the estate's annual rememberance of the singer, who died Aug. 16, 1977, of a heart attack at age 42.
The faithful began lining up at noon Monday for the vigil and finished passing by the grave in the early hours Tuesday.
This year's tribute week, which runs through Saturday, is expected to draw 35,000 fans, second only to last year's 10th anniversary.
"The rest of the week is like a big family reunion," said Graceland spokesman Todd Morgan, but the vigil is "a quiet and very personal tribute that the fans like to pay to Elvis."
The crowd, which Morgan estimated between 5,000 and 7,000, included older fans who followed Presley from the beginning of his career to the very young, including 5-year-old Paul Elvis Campione, of Brooklyn, N.Y.
Fans, who listened to Presley ballads like "Are You Lonesome Tonight?" during the vigil, lit their candles off torches from the "eternal flame" near Presley's grave before walking in procession to the grave.