Our first destination was Graceland, former home of the late Elvis Presley. Towards the end of the tour, we were able to view his family's burial plot on the grounds of the estate. Neither me nor my husband are fanatical Elvis fans, but we do enjoy his music from time to time and we appreciate his strong influence on music history. The burial plot was beautiful, with a lovely, clear fountain, and a semi-circular pergola and brick wall with some really nice stained glass windows embedded in it.
He is buried with his parents, Vernon Elvis Presley and Gladys Love Smith Presley, and his paternal grandmother, Minnie Mae Presley. There is also a small memorial plaque dedicated to Elvis' twin brother, Jesse Garon Presley, who was stillborn. The tributes written on the plaques of each stone are just very endearing and you can tell they were written with love.
Later that evening, we took a drive to Memphis National Cemetery. The weather was nice, and we wanted to spend some time outside so that the kids could walk and run around a little. (Yes, normal parents would probably look for a playground or park, but we're not normal :-))
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