U.S. Navy SEAL Museum set to open in West Sayville
SUFFOLK COUNTY—On Thursday, Nov. 2, Suffolk County Legis. Bill Lindsay was joined by Suffolk County executive Steve Bellone and members of the West Sayville community to officially announce the opening of the Lt. Michael Murphy Navy SEAL Museum at a ground-breaking ceremony. The building of the museum was first introduced by Lindsay and his colleagues last year and will honor the elite SEALs for their tireless efforts to ensure the safety of our country.
Bellone stated at the event that deciding on the museum’s construction was a no-brainer. “It’s easy to support the elite warriors in our nation who protect the values of our country and protect, frankly, the freedom around the world,” he said. Bellone also added that he was honored to be in the company of Michael Murphy’s parents, Daniel and Maureen Murphy. “In their sacrifice and their loss, they have done amazing things for so many others, particularly veterans.”
Michael Murphy graduated from Patchogue-Medford High School (Class of ’94) and Pennsylvania State University (Class of ’98), before becoming a United States Navy SEAL lieutenant in 2002. Murphy was killed in action on June 28, 2005 while serving in Afghanistan. For his heroic actions, he was awarded the Medal of Honor, making him the first member of the Navy to receive the award since the Vietnam War.
Daniel Murphy said the museum, which will be named in his son’s honor, is going to be a testament to our country’s Navy SEALs, aimed at preserving their history, heritage, and legacy of sacrifice for the citizens of Suffolk County. “This dual-purpose facility – one-half a museum, the other half a sea cadet training facility – will not only teach about the SEALs, but act as a learning center for future leaders in the United States Naval Sea Corps Cadet,” he said. “Contained within its walls will be the collective spirit of our nation’s most elite warriors and special operators, as well as those who one day hope to assume leadership in the world or join the elite ranks of our special operations men and women on the front lines.”
Other attendees included New York State Sen. Thomas D. Croci; Navy Cmdr. (retired) Clark Brigger, who also serves as vice president of Pennsylvania State University and director of admissions; Lt. Cmdr. Charles Nogueras, who also serves as regional director of Region 3-4; Sayville Chamber president Rob Blair; and Suffolk County Downtown Revitalization board member Kay Cameron.
Brigger pointed out that while Penn State has graduated nearly 1,000,000 students, Murphy is the only Medal of Honor recipient. “Michael is truly one in a million,” he said. Brigger added that he never knew Lt. Michel Murphy, but learned from his 20 years of active duty that Navy SEALs are a special breed of warrior. “I’m super excited to see what this museum becomes,” he said. “This museum will be a great tribute to a fine young patriot who willingly gave up his life in the hopes that his men would survive.”
Located next to the Long Island Maritime Museum on West Avenue, the state-of-the-art facility is the first Navy SEAL museum in the Northeast, as well as only the third SEAL museum in the entire United States.
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