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Neely-Dorsey: Elvis Presley’s Big Homecoming

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September 26, 2015, marks 59 years since Elvis gave his iconic “Homecoming” performances in Tupelo.

In an interview, Elvis referred to his return to Tupelo to play at the 1956 Fair as “my homecoming.” The mayor of Tupelo declared September 26 as Elvis Presley Day in honor of its favorite son.

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There was a parade in his honor. Bands from local schools played Elvis songs. There were Elvis themed floats, and Elvis window displays in the shops.

Elvis’ parents, Vernon and Gladys, returned with him, escorted into town by the Mississippi Highway Patrol.

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Among others, a young Tammy Wynette was in the audience at the concert Elvis would give later. Tammy Wynette was born near Tremont, Mississippi, within the Itawamba County.

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Patricia Neely-Dorsey is the author of two books of poetry, Reflections of a Mississippi Magnolia-A Life In Poems and My Magnolia Memories and Musings-In Poems. Through her poems, the author hopes to protect, preserve and promote the rich cultural history and heritage of her state and region along with providing more positive images than all of the negative images usually portrayed. Patricia lives in Tupelo with her husband James, son Henry and Miniature Schnauzer, Happy. The author has been named a Goodwill Ambassador for the state by Governor Phil Bryant. Her slogan is “Always, Always Celebrating the South and Promoting a Positive Mississippi ” Her website is www.patricianeelydorsey.com and her email is magnoliagirl21@yahoo.com.

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