Date: Feb 25, 2013
Press Release Number: 25-2013
20th anniversary on February 26 to be commemorated with Mass and moment of silence
The Port Authority will commemorate the 20th anniversary of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing tomorrow, February 26, with a solemn tribute to the six victims and an unborn child who lost their lives during the attack.
As has been the tradition for the past 20 years, a Catholic Mass will be celebrated at St. Peter’s Roman Catholic Church in Lower Manhattan at 10:30 a.m. in memory of those killed. Following the Mass, a moment of silence will be held at 12:18 p.m. near the North Pool on the 9/11 Memorial Plaza, followed by a reading of the names of the victims.
In addition to those who died, more than 1,000 suffered injuries when a truck bomb detonated below the North Tower of the World Trade Center, requiring a mass evacuation of both skyscrapers. Four men were convicted in March 1994 of carrying out the bombing, and two others, including the mastermind behind the attack, Ramzi Yousef, were convicted in November 1997.
Four Port Authority employees and an unborn child died in the attack including 61-year-old senior structural maintenance supervisor Robert Kirkpatrick; 48-year-old chief maintenance supervisor Stephen Knapp; 47-year-old assistant chief mechanical supervisor Bill Macko; and 35- year-old Monica Smith, a pregnant secretary who was scheduled to begin maternity leave the next day. Also killed in the attack were 45-year-old John DiGiovanni, a dental products salesperson who had parked in the underground parking garage, and 37-year-old Wilfredo Mercado, a receiving agent for the Windows on the World Restaurant.
A granite memorial fountain honoring the victims was dedicated in 1995 on the Austin J. Tobin Plaza, directly above the site of the explosion. The fountain was destroyed during the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center site, but the six victims are now memorialized on the granite parapets of the North Pool on the 9/11 Memorial Plaza.
Tomorrow, the Port Authority will present a plaque to family members honoring those who died in the 1993 WTC bombing. The agency will locate the plaque in the Port Authority’s new headquarters in Tower 4 when the building opens.
“This tragic event, in which six people were senselessly murdered, is a day that will be forever etched in the memories of all Port Authority staff,” said Port Authority Chairman David Samson. “It is fitting that, as time goes on, we continue to stop and reflect on this terrible tragedy and the lives that were needlessly lost.”
“We will always remember the six people, including four members of our own Port Authority family, who died 20 years ago when the terrorists first attacked our home,” said Port Authority Vice Chairman Scott Rechler. “It is our duty to pay tribute to them every year but at the same time look to the future and rebound from this tragic incident.”
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Founded in 1921, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey builds, operates, and maintains many of the most important transportation and trade infrastructure assets in the country. The agency’s network of aviation, ground, rail, and seaport facilities is among the busiest in the country, supports more than 550,000 regional jobs, and generates more than $23 billion in annual wages and $80 billion in annual economic activity. The Port Authority also owns and manages the 16-acre World Trade Center site, where construction crews are building the iconic One World Trade Center, which is now the tallest skyscraper in New York. The Port Authority receives no tax revenue from either the state of New York or New Jersey or from the City of New York. The agency relies on revenues generated by facility users, tolls, fees and rents as well as loans, bond financing, and federal grants to fund its operations. For more information, please visit http://www.panynj.gov.