Lt. Michael P. Murphy Navy SEAL Museum Dedication Ceremony before opening

The Lt. Michael P. Murphy Navy SEAL Museum will soon open in West Sayville.

After five years of construction, a groundbreaking ceremony took place this morning before the opening.

News 12 Long Island learned that a Suffolk Certificate of Occupancy has not been issued for the building so the museum is not yet open to the public. However, the museum has decided to go ahead with the groundbreaking ceremony today.

The museum honors the native of Patchogue and all the Navy SEALS who lost their lives in the fight for our freedom.

The inauguration ceremony took place with fanfare, pomp and circumstance.

The museum is the second museum in the country dedicated to the history of the Navy SEALS.

Using audio-visuals, the museum tells the story of the SEALs from World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War to the War on Terror.

It was on this day, June 28, 2005, in his last minutes of life, that Lieutenant Murphy intervened in the open to send out a satellite call for help to save his comrades during a firefight with the Taliban. Lt. Murphy was shot multiple times, but managed to give up his location.

Lt. Murphy’s father, Daniel Murphy, says the SEAL Museum is the community’s way of thanking all Navy SEALs who have made the ultimate sacrifice.

The museum will also house a training program for sea cadets.

The museum is expected to open to the public in the coming weeks.

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