Six Islamic extremists were convicted of the bombing. Four were convicted in March 1994 of carrying out the bombing and two others, including mastermind Ramzi Yousef, were convicted in November 1997.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo called the 1993 attacks “a cowardly act of terror.”
“Our efforts to rebuild at the World Trade Center site demonstrate the strength and resilience of all New Yorkers to the world,” he said.
Following the ceremony, white roses were placed by the six victims’ names. They are inscribed in bronze on the north side of the 9/11 memorial’s north reflecting pool alongside the victims of the 9/11 attacks.
Rep. Peter King, a member of the House Homeland Security Committee, was asked by WCBS 880′s Steve Scott for the Eye on Politics segment whether the bombing was a real wake up call for America about homeland security.
“Unfortunately, it wasn’t,” King said. “It should have been but it wasn’t. Looking back at it now, we see this was the first major attack on American soil.”
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But he said not enough people realized how serious it was.
“The case was solved very quickly. It was done in a way where those who carried it out were not as effective as future terrorists were,” he said. “So, too many people, including those in law enforcement and in the government, believed that this was just a group of people who were fanatics and were extremists. But we didn’t realize the global impact, that this was an international movement that was dedicated to destroying the United States.”