MANHATTAN - Friends and family of Lt. Michael Murphy, a soldier from Patchogue killed in Afghanistan in 2005, marched in his honor today at the 251st St. Patrick's Day Parade in New York City.

Murphy, a Navy SEAL, was posthumously awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor. His father Daniel carried the medal with him as he marched.

Daniel Murphy says he and his son participated in the parade for years.

"Michael was very young, and he didn't quite understand why he [had] to walk 40 blocks down 5th Avenue," Daniel Murphy says.

The USS Michael Murphy destroyer will be commissioned in New York in October.