At 12:18pm on February 26, 1993, terrorists detonated a 1,200 pound nitrate bomb in the B2 level of the garage under World Trade Center Tower 1. The resulting blast murdered John DiGiovanni, Robert Kirkpatrick, Steven Knapp, William Macko, Wilfredo Mercado, Monica Rodriguez Smith and Monica’s unborn son, Eddie. More than 1,000 people were injured, many of them seriously, and countless more were traumatized.
In May of 1994, four terrorists – Mohammed Salameh, Nidal Ayyad, Mahmud Abouhalima and Ahmad Ajaj – were each given life sentences for their roles in the bombing. The next year, Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman was also sentenced to life for masterminding the attack. Other arrests and convictions have followed, though no one has been sentenced for the actual bombing itself.
Every year, the Tribute Center Teachers’ Awards are given to educators who teach their students about terrorism and the World Trade Center attacks at a ceremony on or near the anniversary of the 1993 bombing. This year’s awards will be presented on Thursday, February 26, 2015.