Survivors, families commemorate 20th anniversary of first WTC attack

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 26, 2013 at 7:37 pm •  Published: February 26, 2013
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NEW YORK — Two decades after the first terrorist attack on the World Trade Center, survivors and families of the six people killed gathered at ground zero on Tuesday to commemorate their loss.

They were joined at the Sept. 11 memorial by first responders and dignitaries, including Mayor Michael Bloomberg, for a short, somber ceremony marking the moment on Feb. 26, 1993, when a truck bomb blew up in a parking garage under the north tower.

For Stephen Knapp, 38, of Staten Island, who lost his father in the bombing, standing at the site of the World Trade Center Tuesday flooded him with memories.

“With him working here and dying here … it always takes me back to being a little kid,” said Knapp, who was 18 and in school when his father, Stephen Knapp, who was chief mechanical supervisor for the World Trade Center, died.

At the memorial, where the north tower once stood, the peal of a silver bell rang out at 12:18 p.m. EST, the time of the explosion.

The names of those who died — John DiGiovanni, Monica Rodriguez Smith, Stephen Knapp, Robert Kirkpatrick, William Mercado and William Macko — were read aloud at the ceremony by Knapp and Michael Macko, whose father perished in the blast.