Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Lee Rigby WILL be remembered: Council FINALLY agrees to have memorial to murdered fusilier

Memorial for fallen Lee Rigby
Fusilier Rigby, 25, was attacked and killed by Muslim extremists near to the barracks in May 2013
Council chiefs had turned down Lyn Rigby's relentless calls for a plaque to be placed outside Woolwich Barracks in memory of her son.

They even refused the hero a five-inch tribute on a park bench.

Fusilier Rigby, 25, was attacked and killed by Muslim extremists near to the barracks in May 2013. Two men are currently serving life sentences for his murder.

In March Mrs Rigby, 47, had a private meeting with David Cameron as he prepared for the General Election, but it has taken until now for the council to finally back down and agree to her request.

Councillor Denise Hyland, leader of the Royal Borough of Greenwich, said: "Since the appalling murder of fusilier Lee Rigby on our streets, the council has been working with his wife Rebecca, his mother Lyn, other family members and local community leaders to reach agreement on a way to commemorate him, in addition to others that have been killed as a result of conflict.

"The council recognises that this is an emotive issue for many people. The council has, however, had to balance different opinions on how Lee should be commemorated.

"Ever since I became leader of the council, I have ensured an open dialogue with Lee's family. I have taken stock of their views, as well of those of community leaders.

"This will allow his family to commemorate his life and his connection with Woolwich from where he served his country."
The town hall said it will reveal the exact location of where the plaque would be situated in due course.
Following her son's horrifying killing, Mrs Rigby called for a memorial to be placed at the scene.

She was supported by thousands of people across Britain, but their hopes were crushed when the request was refused, with senior councillors claiming it could incite vandalism or attention from Islamic fanatics.
Instead a commemorative stone dedicated to "all soldiers" who had served was suggested.

A spokesman said at the time it would "mark Woolwich's history as a barracks town and to commemorate all those servicemen and women who have served or lived in Woolwich and who have given their lives in the service of their country."

Rigby's wife putting down flowers
Widow Rebecca lays down wreath at the murder scene

Previously Mrs Rigby had even offered to pay for a plaque herself as a place she can take her children to remember their big brother.

On the second anniversary of his death in May, Mrs Rigby spoke movingly about her heartbreak at not having a fitting memorial to her son in Woolwich where she laid a wreath in his memory.

"All I saw at the side of that road was carnage. I was carrying a beautiful wreath of flowers to remember my son but as I stood there I was taken to the most horrible place.
"I wanted to honour and love my son but the only place I could lay my love was on the side of a road. It was devastating."

A memorial drum has been placed in Middleton in Cheshire, Mrs Rigby's hometown, in memory of Fusilier Rigby.

The bronze drum and plaque is in the centre of Middleton Memorial Gardens and was unveiled earlier this year.

Michael Adebolajo was given a whole-life term and Michael Adebowale was jailed for a minimum of 45 years at the Old Bailey for the 25-year-old's brutal murder last year.

Mrs Rigby was unavailable for comment.

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