When Jeff Beaurline walked into Pub 25 American Grille for St. Patrick’s Day, he had no idea he was going to be part of a viral story.
He simply asked the owner if he could leave a cold beer on the bar for a fallen American hero with a small “Reserved” sign in front of it. The sign reads:
“Reserved for: LT Michael P. Murphy, U.S. Navy SEAL. Killed in action, 28 June 2005, Afghanistan. NEVER FORGOTTEN.”
Beaurline posted the image to the SEAL of Honor Facebook page, run in tribute of Murphy. The post reads:
As promised… I just walked into a local pub (PUB 25, Newtown, CT) and asked to speak with the Owner/Manager. I asked if I could leave a cold one on the bar for Michael all day . I showed him the “Reserved” sign I made and explained I wanted to leave him sufficient funds to buy a random person a Guinness every hour today, and that when the surprised patron asks him “Who is this from?” he should reply: “It’s from LT Michael P. Murphy.” and point to the reserved sign. The Owner/Manager was so in tune with this small gesture, he refused my money, introduced me to two men working in the PUB who just returned home from Afghanistan and Iraq with the ASSURANCE that my request on Michael’s behalf would be honored. God Bless America!
The post went almost immediately viral, being shared on media outlets worldwide and even on the Facebook page of “Lone Survivor” Marcus Luttrell.
Lt. Michael P. Murphy, known to friends as “Murph,” died on June 28, 2005, during the two-hour firefight with Taliban fighters made famous in the book “Lone Survivor”. Murph’s actions that day, heroically facing enemy fire in an effort to save his teammates, earned him a posthumous Medal of Honor.