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Chapel Hill Man Hopes 9/11 Investigation Results In Justice For Daughter, Others Killed In Attacks

Posted June 17, 2004

— A Chapel Hill man who lost his daughter on Sept. 11, 2001 shared his thoughts about the 9/11 Commission's investigation into the terrorist attacks of that day and coping with his loss.

For John Manley, wedding photos are some of the last happy memories with his daughter, Sarah. When she died on Sept. 11, 2001, she had only been married one month.

"I think of Sarah many times during the day," Manley said."The feeling everytime you think of her -- that drop in the pit of your stomach -- that gradually disappears, but it never goes away entirely."

Manley says his son-in law, Bill Harvey, is his link to the 9/11 Commission. He is especially proud that Harvey is among the core group of families who fought to establish the independent probe.

"Were it not for their efforts, I'm convinced that this commission would not have been established," he said.

Manley says he is not yet convinced the 9-11 Commission has served its purpose other than uncovering deficiencies in America's intelligence. He says there's still work to be done after the final report is turned in.

"Most important of all is something is done about that report, some action taken in accordance with the committee recommendations," Manley said.

He says that would ensure his daughter and thousands of others did not die in vain.

Manley says Sarah's memory is being honored in many positive ways. A scholarship has been established in her name at Georgetown University. The Carolina Inn, the site of Sarah and Bill Harvey's wedding reception, holds an annual Easter egg hunt in her memory.

  • September 27, 2001:

    Chapel Hill Man Grieves For Daughter Lost In World Trade Center Attack

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