Every year on February 26, the Port Authority reflects on those who died in 1993 when terrorists detonated 1,500 pounds of explosives in a parked van below the North Tower of the World Trade Center. Although the attack failed to critically damage the main structure of the skyscrapers, six people and an unborn child lost their lives, while more than 1,000 others
In 2013, the Port Authority commemorated the 20th anniversary of the 1993 bombing with a solemn tribute to the victims who lost their lives during the attack. As has been the tradition for the past 20 years, a Catholic Mass was 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 is held at 12:18 p.m., the exact time of the attack, followed by a reading of the victims’ names near the North Pool on the 9/11 Memorial Plaza.
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. 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
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.
This past February, the Port Authority presented 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.