New Navy SEAL museum breaks ground with ceremony

WEST SAYVILLE — The Lt. Michael P. Murphy Navy SEAL Museum in West Sayville held an “Earth Moving” ceremony dedicated to the fallen Long Island Navy SEAL.

Maureen Murphy, Lt. Murphy’s mother, was the first to break ground at the construction site of the new museum named after her son.

“It was really empowering,” says Murphy. “Michael would love it. He was a family and friends type person. He loved his family, he loved his friends, and he would love the gathering here today. He really would.”

County Executive Steve Ballone attended the ceremony where both parents say they are continuing to look at the big picture moving forward.

“You know, at a time in our country when there’s a lot of division this is a place that people can go and realize what it means to be an American, look at the people who we aspire to be—that sacrificed—because they understand there’s something larger than ourselves and that’s why this place is so important,” says County Executive Bellone.

The museum site will also serve as a learning center for the U.S. Naval Sea Cadets.

The museum will be right next to the Long Island Maritime Museum, which has been here since 1966 along the waterfront.

Crews say they expect to have the foundation laid down by the end of the year and hope to have the museum open by this time next year.