NEW YORK (AP) — A bell tolled at the World Trade Center on Tuesday, honoring six people who died 20 years ago in the first terrorist attack on lower Manhattan.
Family, friends and city officials stood near the memorial to those who perished eight years later in the Sept. 11 attack, which toppled the same tower targeted in the 1993 explosion. More than 1,000 people were injured when terrorists detonated a truck bomb in an underground garage.
“There are some days when you can’t remember what he sounded like, but then there are other days when you expect to see him in the morning, when you wake up,” Stephen Knapp said after the ceremony, his voice breaking as he remembered his father, also named Stephen Knapp. He was 18 when his father died.
On Tuesday, Knapp joined about 50 people — including Mayor Michael Bloomberg and former Mayor David Dinkins — for the anniversary ceremony.
The bell signaled a moment of silence at 12:18 p.m., the exact time of the explosion.
The victims’ names were then read by family members before New York Police Department bagpipers played “Amazing Grace.”
White roses were laid over the six names chiseled into granite over one of the 9/11 memorial’s two reflecting pools, alongside the names of more than 2,700 people killed in 2001 when terrorist-hijacked planes brought down the twin towers.
The two attacks overlapped Tuesday in another poignant way.
A wooden box was opened to reveal a piece of broken granite that was once part of a memorial fountain honoring the dead from 1993 on a plaza above the explosion site.
The fountain was destroyed in the Sept. 11 attack, and this fragment was recovered, bearing only the name “John” — John DiGiovanni, who died in the 1993 attack.
New York Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said recently that the 1993 attack was the first dramatic demonstration that “terrorism is theater and New York is the biggest stage.”