Tuesday, December 07, 2021

December 07 - Christmas Sessions Plaque

The Danish Memphis Mansion announced the release of a CD edition of their 'Santa Bring My Baby Back (To Me) - The Christmas Sessions' LP


Treat Me Nice / Blue Christmas / My Wish Came True / White Christmas / Here Comes Santa Claus / Silent Night / Don’t / O Little Town of Bethlehem / Santa Bring My Baby Back (To Me) / Santa Claus Is Back In Town / I’ll Be Home for Christmas.

New Elvis Plaque Unveiled

A new plaque honouring Elvis' role in raising funds to build the USS Arizona memorial at Pearl Harbor was unveiled at the Hilton Hawaiian Village.

The plaque reads:  

On March 21, 1961, Elvis Presley performed in a benefit concert at Pearl Harbor’s Bloch Arena to raise funds for the construction of the USS Arizona Memorial.

Elvis held his pre-concert press conference here at Hilton Hawaiian Village. Following the concert, Elvis remained at the hotel for the filming of the renowned movie, “Blue Hawaii.” The hotel was to become his place of retreat during his many visits to Hawaii.

Dedicated on December 7, 2021 – The 80th Anniversary of the Day of Infamy – by the World War II Foundation.

The plaque, with a bronze bust of Elvis at the top, was presented by the World War II Foundation and will be on display next to the Hilton Hawaiian Village Tapa Tower.

Tim Gray, President of the World War II Foundation, said that the Elvis plaque was chosen to be displayed at the Hilton Hawaiian Village because “That is where Elvis always stayed when in Oahu. He held his press conference there prior to his concert and the hotel has preserved his suite there today. It’s called the “King Suite” and is a shrine to Elvis staying there often and his role in the Memorial effort. We know it will be seen by tens of thousands of people each year who visit the hotel and maybe that will inspire them to want to know more about Elvis’ role in the project.”

It's yet another phenomenal chapter in Elvis' enduring legacy - and shows once more what a great humanitarian he was. Almost 45 years after he left us, Elvis is still being recognized and is still an inspiration to society.

Note: The date is incorrect on the plaque. Elvis performed the concert on March 25, 1961, not March 21, 1961. The plaque will be replaced to correct the error.

(Source: Memphis Mansion / Strictly Elvis UK / The Elvis Travel Service)