Visitors continue to flock to Muhammad Ali's gravesite

Crowds continue to pour in to Cave Hill Cemetery to visit Muhammad Ali's gravesite
Published: Jun. 29, 2016 at 8:30 PM EDT|Updated: Jun. 29, 2016 at 10:22 PM EDT
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?On the day he was laid to reset, crowds of people gathered outside Cave Hill Cemetery....
?On the day he was laid to reset, crowds of people gathered outside Cave Hill Cemetery. (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Patty Blanckaert (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Patty Blanckaert (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Anne McCrae (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Anne McCrae (Source: WAVE 3 News)
August Blankaert (Source: WAVE 3 News)
August Blankaert (Source: WAVE 3 News)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Nearly three weeks ago the world said goodbye to Muhammad Ali. 

On the day he was laid to rest, crowds of people gathered at his boyhood home. People lined the streets of Louisville for his funeral procession, the memorial service at the KFC Yum! Center was packed, and then there was a gathering outside Cave Hill Cemetery.        

Since June 10, hundreds of people continue to come to the cemetery each day to visit Ali's gravesite.  

"He was a great man," said visitor Bob Potts. 

In the middle of the afternoon on Wednesday, car after car pulled up.

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"We've been waiting for the crowds to die down," said New Albany resident Patty Blanckaert. 

Peter and Anne McCrae are visiting Louisville from Ontario, Canada. 

"It's a beautiful cemetery it's absolutely amazing," said Anne McCrae. "This is a lovely spot on the hill. You can hear the water rippling."

"I think it's a great place to lay in rest," said Texas resident Kelly Tillman.

Tillman was in town on business from Texas and wanted to stop by. 

"It was a nice day beautiful day so, I thought I would come by and see if I could find his gravesite," Tillman said.

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Cave Hill has made it easy to find Ali's gravesite, they give visitors a map and the route is highlighted on the ground. 

"If you follow the yellow line it goes to Colonel Sanders, Harland Sanders," said New Albany resident August Blankaert. "I knew when Muhammad Ali was gonna be buried here I thought, they are gonna have to have a line. Sure enough, when I stopped they said it's the green line!"

According to the Ali family public relations firm, Box Car, a landscaper picked by Lonnie Ali is developing a plan for the Ali family burial site. It's expected to be finished by this fall. No specific details about the plan are available at this time.
There continues to be paid off duty police officers at the burial site because of the large numbers of people visiting. The Ali family is deeply grateful for the outpouring of love for Muhammad.

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