Several hundred people visited Lucille Ball Memorial Park on Sunday night to remember and sing the praise of a young woman who was killed in Tuesday's terrorist attacks.
Amy King, 29, was a flight attendant aboard United Airlines Flight 175, the second passenger jet that crashed into the World Trade Center.
King, who had lived in Connecticut for nine years, had remained a part of this community.
That was apparent in opening remarks of Mayor Richard Slagle, who said he had received many requests for a memorial service.
"I especially want to thank the King family, who, even at this very difficult time, saw the needs of others and approved the request to hold this service," said Slagle, who read letters from Gov. George E. Pataki and Rep. Amo Houghton, R-Corning.
"I wish to express my condolences to Stewart and Susan King upon the death of their daughter in a tragedy that has left us shocked and saddened beyond belief," Pataki wrote.
"While few words can provide comfort at times such as this, I hope you will find solace in knowing that the hopes and prayers of all New Yorkers are with you. May the King family and your entire community find strength and comfort in one another."
In his letter, Houghton referred to a speech by President Abraham Lincoln about soldiers killed in battle and family left behind.
"Like the men and women of Lincoln's day, we will care for the friends and family members they have left behind," Houghton said in offering his condolences.
State Sen. Patricia McGee, R-Franklinville, said that although she had not known King, she had learned that the flight attendant was a caring person.
"I know that if Amy were with us today, she would pass amongst you -- offering you solace, offering you comfort -- saying to you, 'Yes, we've had our time of sorrow, and that sorrow will continue, but now must begin the healing process,' " McGee said.
The Rev. Loren Turner of Celoron United Methodist Church called on people not to answer a hateful act with hate.
"We can choose to show them that we're different. We can show them that Americans are more concerned with peace and justice, taking care of those who are mourning, bringing security once again to our land (and) rebuilding what we have."
King's family and friends who attended the service said they have been "overwhelmed" by the response from local residents.
"I can't even tell you how many people we don't even know who have called, have brought food, flowers, have sent us cards from all over the Chautauqua County area." said Debbie Lloyd, King's oldest sister.
She said her youngest sister always had been positive, "loved life" and made the best of any situation.
"We know that in those last minutes she was the one making others feel safe and comforting them," Lloyd said.