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article imageOp-Ed: Woolwich soldier Lee Rigby, funeral scheduled for July 12

By Eileen Kersey     Jul 9, 2013 in Crime
Bury - 25-year-old drummer and soldier Lee Rigby was murdered on the afternoon of May 22, 2013, on the streets of Woolwich, London in broad daylight. He is survived by his young wife and child, parents and siblings.
The murder of Lee rocked the UK and shocked the world, and the fallout continues.
On July 12, Lee will be laid to rest in what will be a highly-charged and emotional private funeral. The funeral will be a private family affair, held at Bury parish church, but the service will be broadcast over a PA system to the crowds of people expected to gather outside of the church. In other parts of the UK people will listen and watch events on news programmes and online.
According to the Telegraph:
Bury parish church is the garrison church of the Lancashire Fusiliers, who were amalgamated into the current Royal Regiment of Fusiliers.
The night before the funeral a guard of honor will watch over Lee's body. Lee was a serving member of 2nd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers and he was attacked and murdered whilst on duty; brutally stabbed and almost beheaded as passers-by went about their daily business.
Bury parish church is a fitting place for Lee's funeral. It is the garrison church of the Lancashire Fusiliers, who were amalgamated into the current Royal Regiment of Fusiliers. It is also close enough to the Rigby home.
Lee's murder will go down in British history as one of the worst daylight attacks during peace-time. May 22 will be one of those days in history that people in the UK will remember. They will remember it with sorrow, hate, shock and many more emotions. For some the memory of Lee will pale into insignificance as ethnic and religious hatred, and maybe personal agendas, push to the fore.
We should, however, remember Lee and the great loss his murder leaves behind. His family, friends and colleagues have lost a young man who survived the horrors of the war in Afghanistan only to be murdered in the UK for being in the wrong place at the wrong time. His killers seemingly wanted to be responsible for a military murder and they achieved their mission.
Lee's family face a long hard road. The funeral and the trial of the two men accused of his murder will be tough challenges. July 12 is not a day for protests but a day to pay respects to this young man who was brutally killed.
Justice may be a while coming but, as the two accused were videoed at the scene with blood literally on their hands, it should follow. The men Michael Adebolajo, 28, and Michael Adebowale, 22, will appear at the Old Bailey for a plea and case management hearing on September 27. Their trial begins November 18.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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