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PostPosted: Sun Aug 12, 2007 10:44 am 
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THE FIRST ANNIVERSARY

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It is August 16, 1978, Wednesday.

One year ago, today, we were told ELVIS had gone away.

Today I stand in the midst of a multitude,

All somber, all sad, but no one is rude.

No shoving, no pushing, no trying to get ahead,

They knew before long they would stand before his final bed.

The sound of his music floats softly through the air

From the shops across the street, because they also care.

Thousands of blossoms of every color are everywhere you look.

And some will be taken home and pressed in a book.

They have come from everywhere the world over,

From Belgium, Canada, Japan, and the White Cliffs of Dover.

Some came by car, some by bus, some by plane;

The heat of the day did not deter them from the reason they came.

We all stood for hours in the lines,

All, with but one thing on our minds,

To pay our respects and leave a token of our love

And to pray for strength until we meet again the �Mansion� up above.

I am sure he was smiling at the crowd below,

Knowing we were there, our love for him to show.

There were little folks, old folks, and many in between;

There were the wealthy,
there were the poor,
they came from every scene.

His cousin, Harold Lloyd, who loved him so much,

Willingly spoke with us and we were very touched.

He was so sincere and honest and tried to make us feel at ease,

As we stood and talked, under the Graceland trees.

You could see the pain still in his eyes as he spoke,

And now and then, filled with emotion, he would send for a Coke

Hoping to get control of himself once again,

Because he knew the questions were about to begin,

Questions he wanted to answer, to set the record straight---

It did not matter if the time was early or very late.

He certainly has the patience of Job,

For on his shoulders he carries a heavy load.

ELVIS would be very pleased with this man

Who stands guard daily over his beautiful land.

Harold knows we have come to pay homage to our King;

He knows that since ELVIS left, we spend our time remembering

The joy and pleasure and happiness he brought,

And he also knows that this Wednesday we are still distraught.

And though in pain himself, he does his very best

To ease our hurt and help us through the test

Of observing this Wednesday, this FIRST ANNIVERSARY,

A day which, if we had our way would never have come to be.



Addendum:
And 29 years later the feelings have not changed.
The day is as fresh as though just born
a day that will in truth never age,
only change through the powers that be
but the feelings we have can not be controlled by anyone or anything.
As with his beauty and his music, our love and faithfulness will never waver; years only age the body but the will and the memories lives forever.
They are passed on to the next generation
as are the finest of jewels and the most beautiful of stories.
As the watering of the gardens
keep the flowers blooming and renewing themselves each year,
our tears will keep renewing him for all those to come and fill our shoes.

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It moved me to tears...
No words left right now



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A star burned too brightly, burned out too quickly and we were left with the afterglow which has never dimmed."

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Yes, beautiful. I remember standing before his grave in the Meditation Garden and trying not to cry because he wouldn't want tears-but it wasn't something controlable at that place in that time. We were all losing it-it was a beautiful day, there were flowers upon his marker and the others and it was very quiet, not even birds singing.
People were lined up waiting, very quietly and serious-I have to say it was very pleasant there-and inside the house one could feel peace and I expected to see him on the stairs looking down from the top landing. It was in my mind so clearly, hands upon the rail, leaning forward smiling at everyone passing by. It was very strong a feeling and then later, it was as if he were beside me as I looked at his trophies-most of which he had never mentioned recieving-especialy those for his movies that he "hated" so much doing. And then to see that long hallway filled with awards for his chairites and those too, he never mentioned. I thought he didn't get many and here he had thousands of awards of all kinds.
He was too modest, to shy about himself and his worth to others... and I was very proud of him as I saw all those things. I looked at his costumes, his wedding suit and jackets etc: and they looked so empty, without out him inside them, they were just clothes...nothing too spectacular but he made them alive, full of "glory" and "spirit". Anything he had on was beautiful because he was a beautiful spirit...and looked it. I remember how walking down his driveway it seemed like he was right there, a little breeze puffed from nowhere and it felt like he touched me-I wasn't the only one. wjh



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PostPosted: Sun Aug 12, 2007 1:22 pm 
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Wanda, I think he is with you always and his presence is just stronger at Graceland. Since joining this group I sometimes feel a presence. Can't put my finger on it but their is something or someone there.

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