"The world's people desperately seek peace," Rev. Stephen Volpe of the Cheshire United Methodist Church told a crowd of about 1,000 who gathered Sunday for the town's 9/11 Memorial Service.
Volpe and other local clergy members spoke about the day ten years ago which started out as sunny and pleasant. "More than glass buildings were shattered," Volpe said, "our peace was shattered."
Rev. Jeffrey Braun of the First Cheshire Congregational Church said residents could feel the support of their neighbors during that time. "The spiritual legacy is: love prevails," he said.
"All of those who perished are America's own," said Rabbi Eric Silver, the service moderator. Silver noted his son, Michael, is on his second tour of duty in Aghanistan.
A musical tribute of "Stand Tall America" was performed by the Cheshire High School Orchestra and Combined Cheshire Chorus. The song was written by two local musicians; Jane Bale and Kim Yannon.
A color guard consisting of members of the Cheshire Police and Fire Departments, the Cheshire Veteran's Council and local Boy Scouts were stationed along one side of the audience through ceremony.
A combined Cheshire elementary school choir of sang "God Bless America."
Former Cheshire resident Mark Jardim, who was on the top floor of the North Tower for a conference on Sept. 11, 2001, was remembered for his love of cross-country running. The 10th annual Mark Jardim Memorial Jog (MJMJ) will be held October 9th Cheshire Park in his honor.
Spf. Josh Budd was also honored as he recuperates from wounds he received in July while serving in Afghanistan. A fundraising event for Budd attracted about 800 supporters Sunday, organizers said. (An interview with Budd will be posted on Cheshire Patch on Monday).
Editor's note: For a look at memorials across the country, click here: Patch Remembers 9/11 in 911 Snapshots.