Survivors, families commemorate 20th anniversary of first WTC attack

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 26, 2013 at 7:37 pm •  Published: February 26, 2013

The ceremony also was attended by David Dinkins, mayor at the time of the attack.

The ceremony was short, but the pain of the past two decades weighed heavily on the families of the victims, who clutched white roses that would later blanket the names of the victims written on the memorial.

Tuesday, Knapp brought along his own children, ages 4 and 6. While they were still too young to appreciate what happened, Knapp said he plans to continue teaching them about it.

“Unfortunately, it’s going to be a lesson to them about what this world can be like and the horrors in it. But we can let them know their grandfather’s death wound up helping thousands of people in the future,” Knapp said, referring to the evacuation plans for the World Trade Center that were revamped after the 1993 bombing. “On Sept. 11, they were saved because of what happened to him. It shows what good can happen as well.”


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