A memorial honouring soldier Lee Rigby is to be erected near where he was murdered in Woolwich.
Fusilier Rigby, 25, was murdered by Islamic extremists Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale in 2013, a short distance from the Royal Artillery barracks in Woolwich, London.
Fusilier Rigby’s Mother, Lyn told the Sun on Sunday: “This means so much to me and my family because we want to make sure Lee is never forgotten.”
“Lee’s memorial should be a beacon of hope… I want people to visit his memorial plaque and be proud of Lee and all of our Armed Forces including all the fallen, the injured, the veterans and those who serve us still. We all owe them so much.”
The announcement comes after a two year battle to have Mr Rigby’s name inscribed on the memorial, with the Royal Borough of Greenwich reportedly previously saying it would instead honour all army personnel from Woolwich, instead of Mr Rigby by name.
Lyn said: “It’s taken one hell of a fight to get this memorial – but I couldn’t be more proud as a mum that they changed their minds.”
Councillor Denise Hyland said in a statement that the council had to “balance different opinions on how Lee should be commemorated”.
Councillor Hyland said: “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 as those of community leaders. As a result I have decided that we will ensure that Lee is named on a memorial plaque, as will be the case for other victims killed in recent conflict.”
“This will allow his family to commemorate his life and his connection with Woolwich from where he served his country,” she said.
Adebolajo is currently serving a whole-life sentence; Adebowale received a 45-year life sentence in 2014.Reuse content