Jerry Engelby sings along with a recorded performance of Elvis Presley performing "America the Beautiful" during a candlelight vigil for Presley at Graceland, his Memphis home, Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017.
AP Photo/Brandon Dill
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Visitors who planned to attend the vigil this week were required to have an Elvis Week Property Pass wristband to walk up the long driveway and past the graves where Presley and relatives are buried, Graceland told AP in a written statement. The $28.75 also provides access to a new $45 million entertainment complex at the Memphis tourist attraction.Operated by Elvis Presley Enterprises, Graceland says it anticipates large crowds and it updated its security measures for Elvis Week. Graceland says it averages 500,000 international visitors per year. The announcement surprised fans who didn't know about the charge when they made plans to come to Elvis Week. Longtime fan Fred Schwarz of Springfield said he has been to several vigils and had enjoyed them but not this year. He says fans should be insulted at the new charge.
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