08/22/2011 10:41 EDT | Updated 10/22/2011 05:12 EDT

Jack Layton Dead: Toronto Memorial Service Draws Hundreds


After Jack Layton's death was announced on the morning of August 22, cities across the country made plans to remember him.

Through Facebook and Twitter, Torontonians came together at a memorial for Layton that afternoon at 4 p.m. Hundreds gathered in downtown Toronto's Nathan Phillips Square to commemorate Layton's life and legacy. It was an informal and impromptu event, with just a few NDP members reading Layton's final letter to Canadians.

It was also simply a time to shed a few tears and offer some hugs. The mood was generally sombre throughout the afternoon and early evening, with Torontonians coming across the city to write messages on a makeshift memorial wall.

Here's a slideshow of some of the messages and faces seen at Toronto's unofficial Jack Layton memorial.