A memorial plaque has been unveiled in Woolwich for the murdered Fusilier Lee Rigby who was killed by extremists.
The 25-year-old was off-duty when he was knocked down by a car opposite the army barracks and hacked to death.
His is one of 11 plaques at St George’s Chapel, opposite the barracks, to commemorate soldiers who died in Iraq, Afghanistan, in Guildford and Woolwich.
Fusilier Rigby’s mother Lyn and his wife Rebecca were among those present at the private unveiling earlier.
The chapel is approximately 700m (765yds) from where Lee Rigby was murdered in south-east London in May 2013.
The Royal Borough of Greenwich council, which is behind the plaque, said the memorial had been an “emotive issue” and to reach this point it had needed to consider competing interests about how Fusilier Rigby, who was from Middleton, Greater Manchester, should be commemorated.
“It has been widely and wrongly reported that we were concerned about right wing extremists or Islamist extremists attacking the site,” a spokesman added.
The Met has not commented on whether it has security concerns about the memorial.
In a statement the Ministry of Defence said it supported Greenwich council’s marking of Armistice Day with a new memorial dedicated to service men and women who lived or worked in the borough and lost their lives while serving their country.
“It is right that we pay tribute to those courageous individuals who have worked to keep Britain safe, both at home and abroad.
“The MoD continues to commemorate servicemen and women who have fallen during active service since the Korean War at the National Memorial Arboretum,” it continued.
An online book of remembrance is due to go live later.
taken from http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-34779650