NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A ceremony was held Friday in lower Manhattan to mark the 23rd anniversary of the first terrorist attack on the World Trade Center.
On February 26th, 1993, terrorists blew up a rental van filled with explosives in an underground garage in the north tower of the World Trade Center.
Six people were killed and more than a thousand others were injured.
Port Authority officials joined family members of the victims to take part in a ceremony near the North Pool of the 9/11 memorial at the World Trade Center Friday afternoon.
Michael Macko helped read the names of the victims during the ceremony. His father, William, was one of the six people killed in the attack.
“I’ll come by and visit my dad’s name and just touch it,” he said.
Charles Maikish, who was involved in building the original World Trade Center complex, remembers the 1993 attack vividly.
“I heard this very loud noise and I felt the tower heave up,” Maikish told WCBS 880’s Peter Haskell. “And I looked to my left, out the window and saw a ripple go across the Hudson River — and I knew we had a major event occurring in the Trade Center.”
“In ’93, we felt it personally,” he added.
After the reading of names, relatives placed roses on the memorial parapet.
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.