Gulf war memorial at St Paul's
James Cusick is political correspondent of The Independent and The Independent on Sunday. As an experienced member of the lobby, he has previously worked at The Sunday Times and the BBC. His career as a journalist has been split between print and television, including senior positions as producer with Sir David Frost and at BBC Newsnight. He is also an award-winning golf and travel writer, working for over a decade as the UK contributing editor for one of the USA’s leading golf magazines. He broadcasts regularly for the BBC and CNN. He lives in London.
Thursday 29 February 1996
Amid the tightest security seen in London since VE Day, the Queen yesterday unveiled a memorial in St Paul's Cathedral to the 47 British servicemen killed in the Gulf war.
The Prime Minister, senior members of the cabinet and senior opposition politicians were among the congregation, together with other members of the royal family, Baroness Thatcher and Sir Edward Heath. Officers and servicemen from British, Commonwealth and other armed forces which made up the Allied Forces in the war against Saddam Hussein, following Iraq's invasion of Kuwait in 1991, also took part.
A large area around St Paul's was cordoned off, with police marksmen mounting roof-top surveillance. Following the recent IRA bombings, the large-scale security operation was quietly described by a Ministry of Defence official as "commensurate with recent events".
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