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    Officials Plan New Memorial to '93 Attack

    State officials said yesterday that they would erect a temporary memorial to the victims of the 1993 terrorist bombing of the World Trade Center and that it would include a fragment of the original memorial, which was destroyed in the collapse of the twin towers in 2001.

    The announcement came two days before the 10th anniversary of the bombing, which killed six people.

    A site has not been chosen yet, the officials said.

    A permanent memorial will be part of a larger one to be built where the trade center stood.

    A memorial Mass for the six victims will be said at 11 a.m. tomorrow at St. Peter's Roman Catholic Church in Lower Manhattan. Engineers at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which owns the trade center site, are working on the design of the memorial. Four of the six people killed in the bombing were Port Authority employees.

    Michael Macko, whose father, William J. Macko, was killed in the bombing, said yesterday that the fragment of the original memorial, which was found in the rubble of the towers, "holds great importance for those families."

    "It provides a validation of our losses, and serves to remind people that there was a previous terrorist bombing there," Mr. Macko said.

    The memorial to the 1993 dead included the names of the victims and was placed on the trade center plaza directly above the basement lunchroom where the four Port Authority employees were killed.

    In addition to Mr. Macko, a mechanical supervisor, they were Robert Kirkpatrick, a senior maintenance supervisor; Steven Knapp, also a mechanical supervisor; and Monica Rodriguez Smith, Mr. Knapp's assistant.

    John DiGiovanni, a dental equipment salesman who had parked his car in the trade center's basement garage, and Wilfredo Mercado, a purchasing agent for the New York Vista Hotel and the Windows on the World restaurant, were also killed in the blast.

    The recovered fragment, which measures about one foot square, contains Mr. DiGiovanni's first name and portions of a few surrounding inscriptions. After the design of the temporary memorial is finished, it will be shown to the families and a site will be chosen, state officials said.

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    Maybe a decade is the appropriate time span for the construction of a memorial.

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    I was thinking the same thing. More of a historical, less
    emotional perspective.

    I'm concerned that the memorial design might become an embarrassment.

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    I second that about designing the memorial to give embarassment.

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    Families Pay Respects to Victims of '93 Attack

    As they have done every year for the last decade, the families and friends of the six people who died in 1993 in the first terrorist attack on the World Trade Center gathered yesterday to remember their loved ones.

    Some now live far away, but, united in grief, they returned for the 10th time to Lower Manhattan. This year, they were shuttled by bus with a police escort from a breakfast to a memorial Mass at St. Peter's Roman Catholic Church, and then to ground zero for a moment of silence at 12:18 p.m., the time the bomb exploded on Feb. 26, 1993.

    "It's been a long time, and it still hurts every day," said Justin Macko, who was a boy when his grandfather, William Macko, died after a truck bomb exploded in a public parking garage beneath the trade center, injuring more than 1,000 people. "It still hurts a lot." Although he understands much more about what happened now, he said, the pain remains the same. "The hurt doesn't change being 13 or being 23."

    Several relatives of the victims, whose loss has often been obscured by the enormity of Sept. 11, 2001, said their wounds were still fresh. Edward Smith, whose wife, Monica Rodriguez Smith, was pregnant when she was killed by the bomb blast, spoke haltingly. "You know, after a day like today, almost feels like yesterday," he said. "So, I mean, a lot of sadness. A lot of, you know, what could have been or what should have been."

    Each family has its concerns. Mr. Smith said he was interested not in the compensation issues but in making sure that the 1993 victims are included in the memorial built to Sept. 11 victims. Michael Macko, William Macko's son, is fighting so that the families will be eligible for the same benefits established for relatives of those killed in 2001.

    "As a son, I have two jobs to make sure my dad's remembered and to take care of my mom," he said, adding that she suffers from cancer. "Knowing that my mom didn't have to worry about paying her bills, you know, it's not a matter of making my mother a rich woman. It's just about being taken care of."

    Indeed, the events of Sept. 11, and the subsequent war on terror, were never far from the surface yesterday. Families of those victims their lives now woven with those of the people sitting in the front pews by deaths some eight years apart came to show their support.

    "I know what these people have been going through for 10 years," said Bruce DeCell, whose son-in-law, Mark Petrocelli, was killed on Sept. 11. Speaking of the annual memorials, he said: "Unfortunately, I didn't come until I was involved. I didn't come in '94, '95, '96, and I feel bad about that. Now I know what these people are going through."

    The Rev. Kevin Madigan, the pastor at St. Peter's, welcomed even those who had no direct connection to those lost in the bombing. "Any one of us could have been at the World Trade Center that noontime," he said. "Any one of us could have been the victim of the senseless bombing that took their lives. And so it is fitting that we should gather this morning to commemorate, to honor them, to pray for them."

    After the Mass, the friends and relatives went to the southern end of ground zero for their moment of silence. There, a box holding the remaining chunk of the granite memorial where they used to gather each year at the trade center had been set up. They showed few signs of their earlier reunion good cheer, and stood silently before the pit. They left roses some pink, some red and still in protective plastic exchanged hugs and comforting words, and then turned and walked away.

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