Monday, September 11, 2006
(A 9/11 memorial service today in Sudbury, Globe Staff Photo by Janet Knott)
In Sudbury, as the bells at churches tolled at 8:46 a.m. this morning, three granite benches sat empty in a lush park across from Town Hall.
That is because this western suburb of some 17,000 people had three victims in the attacks five years ago on Sept. 11. There is a bench for Peter Goodrich, 33, and another for Cora Holland, 52, who both died on hijacked planes.
The third empty bench is for Geoffrey Cloud, 36, who grew up in town and died on the 105th floor of the north tower.
The benches are arranged in a semi-circle around a one-ton bolder of local granite that bears a plaque naming each victim.
"It means everything to us," said Bette Cloud, the mother Geoffrey Cloud, a senior partner at Cantor Fitzgerald.
-- Kristen Green and Andrew Ryan