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Updated: 8/10/2014 8:36 pm
TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) -- The Elvis Presley Birthplace held its annual Fan Appreciation Day Saturday.

There's no doubt about it.

"He was much more than a singer to me," Jacque Prather said.

There is no fan quite like an Elvis fan.

"The fans are the most important things to us," Birthplace Executive Director Dick Guyton said.

Not only do they know all the words to his songs, but they buy as much memorabilia as they can and even get his face permanently inked on their bodies.

"Only for Elvis that is the whole reason we have come here," Angela Manciagli said.

Even though the singer passed away nearly four decades ago, his die-hard fans flock to his favorite places to learn as much as they can about his life.

"My dream has always been to come to Graceland and Tupelo, his place of birth," Manciagli said.

Since Elvis has so many loyal fans, Elvis Presley Birthplace leaders make sure their visit is one they'll never forget.

"We want to give back to the fans for all they do for us everyday," Guyton said.

Every year they hold a fan appreciation day at the birthplace.

"Just makes me feel all excited just to be here," Manciagli said.

As fans enjoy their day, they can't forget how each word has changed their lives.

"Elvis had so much more affect on our nation and world besides music," Prather said.

Elvis Presley Birthplace workers made a few announcements during the celebration.

They plan to add a new pavilion and two new statues to the site.

They're also revamping the meditation lake and the overlook.

The Elvis Presley Fan Club also gave the birthplace a check for $2,500.
That'll go towards educating children about the king
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