Graceland invites active military, veterans to commemorate Elvis' military anniversary

Photo: Paddy Briggs

MEMPHIS, Tenn (WVLT) -- Graceland is inviting active military and veterans to its Military Appreciation Weekend to commemorate Elvis Presley military service.

Presley began his service with the U.S. Army on March 24, 1958, so Graceland is hosting the two day celebration to showcase Presley's patriotism.

Activities include photo opportunities with Presley's Presidential Medal of Freedom, daily presentation and retiring of the flag and a care package collection center for active and deployed military.

The weekend will be highlighted by a Graceland Live concert featuring Bret Michaels performing live at the Graceland Soundstage.

“Coming from a military family, supporting the men and woman who serve and protect our freedom holds an important place in my heart,” Bret Michaels said in a news release. “I couldn’t think of a better way to give back and say, ‘thank you’ than kicking off Graceland’s Military Appreciation Weekend and celebrating the 61st anniversary of Elvis entering the Army.”

“Throughout his career, Bret Michaels has always been a huge supporter of the men and women serving in the military,” added Debbie Miller, Graceland’s chief marketing officer.

Graceland will provide free entry tickets to the Elvis Presley’s museum to active duty and retired service members, as well as Shelby County first-responders during the Military Appreciation Weekend, along with discounted tickets for family and friends.