While the new museum in West Sayville will be named after Michael Murphy, the parents of the Navy SEAL decided that it should tell the story of the SEALs as a whole instead of being a monument. Plaques will be displayed outside the site bearing the names of 18 men who died during Operation Red Wings, including Murphy himself. The facility will host a training space for US Naval Sea Cadets and will offer a mini-sub ride. The building will open on Murphey’s birthday, May 7th, and will feature various forms of media to express the sacrifices that soldiers make in Afghanistan and the Middle East. Operation Red Wings saw the largest loss of life for Naval Special Warfare since WWII, and so far the project to remember the operation has raised $2.2M. The legacy of SEALs will live on through projects like this that seek to gather US citizens and remind them about the realities of war.
November 16, 2019