NEW YORK (FOX 5 NEWS) - Ground was symbolically broken on a planned Navy SEAL museum in memory of Lt. Michael Murphy in West Sayville, Long Island. The Navy SEAL was killed leading a team in Afghanistan in 2005.
While the museum is named in his honor, his father Daniel Murphy said it will showcase all of America's most elite warriors.
Video renderings show what the 8,000-square-foot state-of-the-art facility will look like. It is still in the design phase but construction is scheduled to start in the spring and finish by the end of next year.
The new Lt. Michael Murphy Navy SEAL Museum will sit next to the Long Island Maritime Museum.
State Sen. Tom Croci, a Navy Reserve commander, said state grants and private donations will fund the museum's construction. It will be the second Navy SEAL museum in the northeast.
When completed, the facility will also be headquarters for the Navy Sea Cadets. It will have multiple classrooms and an area to train the future leaders.
Murphy, who was from Patchogue, was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor, the nation's highest military decoration.