NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — The shirt a Navy SEAL wore in the raid that killed Osama bin Laden and a special coin given to a CIA officer who played a key role in finding him are being displayed at the Sept. 11 museum, adding potent symbols of the terrorist attacks’ aftermath days before their anniversary.

The items are going on view Sunday at the ground zero museum, where leaders see them as an important and moving addition to a collection that often uses personal artifacts to explore the events and impact of 9/11.

“The death of Osama bin Laden is a huge part of the history, and we have an absolute obligation to tell it,” National Sept. 11 Memorial Museum President Joe Daniels said Saturday. The display, he said, “allows millions of visitors the chance to recognize the extraordinary bravery of the men and women who sacrifice so much for this country at home and abroad.”

The shirt and coin will join an existing display with a brick from the compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, where the terrorist at the helm of the attacks was killed.

The uniform shirt, tan with camouflage sleeves and an American flag patch _ facing backward to invoke the historical role of a flag-bearer leading a charge into battle _ belonged to a now-retired member of SEAL Team Six, which put an end to the long manhunt for the world’s most wanted terrorist. The garment “connects us in a powerful and immediate way to that operation,” Museum Director Alice Greenwald said.

The red, white and blue coin was made to commemorate its conclusion. The coin bears the date _ May 1, 2011, in U.S. time _ on one side and a red “X” on the other. It was owned by the CIA officer, known as “Maya,” who formed the basis for the main character in the Oscar-winning 2012 movie “Zero Dark Thirty.”

The museum is keeping both donors’ identities secret.

The museum, which opened in May and has drawn more than 900,000 visitors so far, has faced controversy over some of its exhibits. Atheists unsuccessfully sued over the “ground zero cross,” a beam from the trade center wreckage; Muslim advocates complained that a film about the rise of al-Qaida unfairly linked Islam and terrorism.

Given the complex reactions bin Laden’s death spurred around the world, the new exhibit may “engender discussion,” Daniels said, but “I think most people will believe it belongs there.”

“It is a part of the story, whatever you think of its symbolism or its meaning.”

On Sunday, an exhibition of memorabilia, artifacts, and footage from the 1993 and 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center was on display at the Basilica of St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral.

“Actually earlier in the day a woman comes in here and she says to me ‘oh where are the pictures of the cops?’ And ‘right over here’ she looks through and says ‘that was my friend, he lived right over here,'” exhibit curator John Hyland said.

Hyland has taken the exhibit around the country but told 1010 WINS’ Kevin Rincon that he tries to return to St. Patrick’s every year for the anniversary of the attacks because so many in the neighborhood were affected.

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