NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Following the death of Osama bin Laden, organizers behind the September 11 Memorial & Museum at Ground Zero say there will a special tribute to the Navy SEALs, who brought the Al Qaeda leader to justice.
Joe Daniels, President and CEO of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum at the World Trade Center, said the bravery exhibited by the U.S. military in the mission to kill bin Laden will be remembered by those coming to the site for generations.
“This is an important chapter in the story. This is an important part of the narrative. The book’s not yet written, but this is an important day,” Daniels told reporters, including 1010 WINS’ Steve Sandberg.
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Paula Berry, who sits and the memorial’s board and lost her husband on 9/11, said that the news of bin Laden’s death came as a stunning surprise.
“Osama bin Laden has become sort of a phantom out there — not nearly as a person any longer. So on some level, he receded into the back of our minds and now it comes very forward. Everything now seems very fresh.”
U.S. officials have said the small team of Navy SEALs arrived by helicopter, stormed the terrorist leader’s residence in Abbottabad and hit bin Laden with a barrage of gunfire.
Daniels said he believes the historic milestone deserves a prominent place in the museum.
“Within the memorial museum, I can guarantee you 100 percent the story of tracking down and killing bin Laden will absolutely be part of this museum,” he said.
Berry said that the heroic mission was “history in the making” and that it would all “be part of what happens in the museum.” She said that despite the milestone, it doesn’t quite provide a sense of closure.
“I don’t think that’s what this provides. I guess there is a sense of relief,” she said.