Lawhawk reminds us that today is the 14th anniversary of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. We always hear “Never forget.” But how many still remember anymore?
And how many have really learned?
Four of the six people killed in the attack worked for the World Trade Center’s owner, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Most of the victims were having lunch in their basement office, adjacent to the parking garage where terrorists parked their explosives-laden van.
Bob Kirkpatrick, 61, Steven Knapp, 47, and Bill Macko, 57, were mechanical supervisors for the transportation agency. Monica Rodriguez Smith was Macko’s secretary. All were killed in the bombing.
The fifth and sixth victims were Wilfred Mercado, 37, who worked for the Windows on the World restaurant atop the North Tower and was checking in food deliveries in the basement, and John DiGiovanni, 45, a dental salesman who was in the parking garage when the bomb exploded.
Another thousand people suffered injuries. It took 11 hours to evacuate some 50,000 people from the complex.
The blast from the homemade 1,500-pound urea-nitrate bomb blew a hole five stories deep and half-a-football field wide. The explosion badly damaged the tower’s inner support beams and caused $500 million in property damage. But the twin towers were repaired, cleaned, and reopened in less than a month.
Eight years later, the jihadis came back, wiped the towers off the face of the earth, and took 2,996 more innocent lives.
Remember what it was like on “Top of the World?”
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