‘It Never Gets Any Easier’: Memorial Honors Victims Of ’93 WTC Bombing

Peter Haskell
February 26, 2020 - 3:47 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — A ceremony was held Wednesday to honor the six people killed in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing.

Families of the six victims, survivors and dozens of Port Authority workers arrived at the 9/11 Memorial, 27 years after the first attack on the site.

Stephen Knapp, whose father was killed in the bombing, says it’s important to gather and remember the tragedy.

“Not a lot of people have gone through this experience and it's a chance for us to kind of get together and go over the good times that they all had together,” he said.

On Feb. 26. 1993, in an underground parking garage beneath the North Tower a 1,200-pound bomb was detonated at 12:18 p.m.

The explosion caused a series of power outages, trapping people in elevators and almost instantly shut down all communication systems. Smoke quickly swept through the towers and around 50,000 people began evacuating the buildings.

Helicopters were forced to land on the top of the towers and people were transported from the roof.

Charlie Maikish was director of the World Trade Center at the time, and he remembered seeing the destruction in the days after the attack.

“The Trade Center was disemboweled, to use that term,” he said.

A panel at the 9/11 Memorial in lower Manhattan is dedicate to the victims of the 1993 bombing.

The ceremony honoring those who died is held every year, beginning at the Church of Saint Francis of Assisi.