Dozens of people are already lining up outside Roy Thomson Hall in Toronto for Jack Layton's state funeral, and some waited overnight to get a coveted spot.
Organizers have handed out 600 wristbands to members of the public and an area with large video screens is being set up behind the hall to accommodate the expected overflow crowd.
People are still flocking in droves to pay their final respects to Layton during the last public visitation at City Hall before his funeral this afternoon.
Police are also in the process of moving into position to block downtown streets for the procession.
Veteran Rick Harrison, who spent much of Friday and overnight at Roy Thomson Hall, was first in line to get a coveted ticket to be inside to witness the state funeral.
The military veteran, who was also first in line to pay his respects to Layton at City Hall, says he felt compelled to attend.
"Jack would have done it for others, and would have wanted it that way," said the visibly tired Harrison, his voice shaky.
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