Monday, 22 August 2011
A Sad Farewell to Jack Layton
Like many, many Canadians, I was very saddened to learn that Jack Layton died this morning. This evening, I attended a candle vigil on Parliament Hill for "le bon Jack". Many people left bouquets of flowers.
This man carried signs.
This woman played "We Shall Overcome" softly on her accordion.
But most people just held candles and huddled together, sharing their grief. I overheard one policeman say he estimated there were over 2000 people there. They were old and young, black and white, dressed in suits and dressed in jeans, rich and poor, all kinds of people from all walks of life. We sang O Canada, we mourned for Jack and for the great loss for our country.
A woman gave me a candle (with a cup around it to protect it from the wind). It was comforting to hold it while standing with all the other people at the vigil.
Goodbye Jack! You were a wonderful man. Canada is a better country because of you and we will all miss you.
Posted by Evlyn at 20:09