Lieutenant Michael Murphy, the Navy SEAL and Medal of Honor recipient from Patchogue who was killed in combat in Afghanistan in 2005, was honored Thursday at for his posthumous induction into the NYS Veteran's Hall of Fame .
According to the NYS Senate Office's website, the Veterans’ Hall of Fame was created in 2005 “to honor and recognize outstanding veterans from the Empire State who have distinguished themselves both in military and civilian life. Their meritorious service to our nation deserves the special recognition that only a Hall of Fame can provide, as a fitting expression of our gratitude and admiration."
Patchogue-Medford High School Principal Dr. Rusielewicz stated the school is extremely proud of the accomplishments of Lt. Murphy. The school is looking to move the awards and plaques into a permanent location within the next year. The area will be designed by students.
Superintendent Michael Locantore remembered Murphy as a student at .
"He was a quiet boy and if he was in my office it was always for something good. He went on with his life and continued to do good for the United States."
State Sen. Lee Zeldin and Assemblyman Dean Murray also attended the ceremony.
"There is obviously a very special place in the heart of the veterans and friends here today for Lt. Michael Murphy," Zeldin said. "He will never ever be forgotten in the fabric of Patchogue-Medford."
"He is a reminder and example for the kids of today and of generations to come of what a patriot is, what a soldier is," Murray said.
Patchogue resident George Egan was also inducted into the Veterans' Hall of Fame for 2011.
The NYS Senate Office is currently accepting nominations for 2012 inductions.