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Beyond the Bio: Joanne Hanley of the Flight 93 National Memorial

Written by Tim Lambert, WITF Multimedia News Director | Aug 29, 2011 8:49 AM

Joanne-Hanley.jpg(Gettysburg) -- Some 10 days from now, the Flight 93 National Memorial will be dedicated in Somerset County, as the nation pauses to mark the 10th anniversary of the September 11th, 2001, attacks. It pays tribute to the 40 passengers and crew members credited with preventing the hijacked jetliner from reaching it's intended target, believed to be in the nation's capital. One of those who will be on hand is Joanne Hanley, who's now the president of the Gettysburg Foundation. But for more than nine years, she served as the National Park Service superintendent at the site, helping shepherd an idea for a memorial into reality. "Certainly, I look back at my experience and I could see how my whole professional and personal life really prepared me for dealing with Flight 93," she said, sitting on the Gettysburg battlefield. In the latest installment in our "Beyond the Bio" series, Hanley looks back at her journey with WITF's Tim Lambert. As a note of disclosure, Lambert is a former landowner of a portion of the Flight 93 crash site.


Hanley her reads a portion of the Gettysburg Address and talks about why it's an appropriate speech for any battlefield where Americans have paid the ultimate price.


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