VIDEO: Woolwich pays tribute to Lee Rigby as mum says: 'I will never forgive attackers' (From This Is Local London)
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VIDEO: Woolwich pays tribute to Lee Rigby on first anniversary of soldier's murder as mum says: 'I will never forgive attackers'
The mother of Lee Rigby today laid flowers at the spot where the soldier was killed and vowed to never forgive the two Islamist fanatics who murdered him.
Fusilier Rigby's murder sparked shock across the country after he was run over with a car and then hacked to death by British Muslim converts Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale in Woolwich on May 22 last year.
Speaking a year after her 25-year-old son's death, Lyn Rigby told ITV's Good Morning Britain: "I will never forgive them for what they did to Lee. Never."
She felt justice was done after Adebolajo was told he will spend the rest of his life behind bars while Adebowale was given a minimum jail term of 45 years for the attack.
"I know that they won't get out now," she said. "They cannot do this to another family."
Mrs Rigby explained how she has found it difficult to cope with Lee's murder.
"It's hard to get up in the mornings, just to put one foot in front of the other," she said.
She recalled how she attended the Old Bailey trial of her son's killers to see what emotions they felt.
"I just really wanted to look in their eyes and see if they showed any remorse. I got nothing.
"There were a couple of times I couldn't go. They talked about Lee's injuries in very raw details and I couldn't sit through that," she said.
Mrs Rigby remembered her son as a "precious" person.
"He was quite a bubbly lad, he was larger than life. He was always smiling, making people laugh, always there helping other people," she said.
"He was so fun loving and he t old me how much he always loved me. He was so precious."
The father-of-one, who had served in Afghanistan, was stationed in Woolwich working as a recruitment officer when he died, and also performed duties at his regiment's headquarters at the Tower of London.
Bikers from across the UK and abroad, including current and former British military personnel, gathered in Greenwich today before travelling to Woolwich Barracks, where Fusilier Rigby was stationed, for a memorial service.
Members of the Sikh community played drums and a small gathering of aorund 40 people clapped as bikers passed the spot where the drummer was killed.
Member of Greenwich Sikh community, Moham Sembim, said: “One year ago, what happened was very sad. We are here, the Sikh community from Greenwich, to pay tribute to this.”
The memorial was led by the Rector of Woolwich, Reverend Jesse van der Valk, and included a message written by Mrs Rigby.
Organiser Julia Stevenson, who read Mrs Rigby's words, said: "The Lee Rigby ride is about a single soldier, brutally cut down not on the battlefield but on the streets of London.
"In the act of riding through Woolwich on the anniversary of his death we are expressing the admiration and respect we all share for our armed forces.
"As we ride we will remember Lee, and our thoughts will be for his family at this difficult time, and his regiment. We will proudly represent a nation who was moved by this tragedy by riding as one."
A lead group of bikers rode from Greenwich Park, past the scene of the murder and up to the barracks' parade ground, where they marched to the main gates, where the ceremony was held
The rest of the bikers rode past the barracks as the memorial takes place.
Mr van der Valk said: "Let us dedicate ourselves to always remember our friend and brother and loved one and soldier, Drummer Lee Rigby, whose life was cruelly taken away in this place in the service of his country."
A wreath was laid and the Last Post played, and a group of Sikh drummers performed.
Supporters travelled from around the UK as well as Germany, Belgium and France.
Mr van der Valk said: "A year ago people were totally shocked, angry and upset about what had happened and obviously they wanted justice to take its course, which it has done.
"Today will be remembering Lee Rigby himself. Lee Rigby was a young person, he was a member of the armed services, but what happened to him seemed random.
"We want to celebrate and give thanks for his life and show that Lee Rigby will not be forgotten and what happened to him won't be forgotten.
"It's an opportunity for us to stand alongside Lee Rigby and the other members of the armed services, and his family and friends."
The clergyman said he was "disappointed" that the three women who confronted Fusilier Rigby's killers, dubbed the Angels of Woolwich, had not received George Medals for their bravery.
"People who acted positively on the day and with courage and compassion for Lee Rigby should be recognised," the community leader said.
He joined other members of the community to call for a permanent memorial to be made in Woolwich in memory of the fallen soldier.
Lorna Taylor, who has organised a petition calling for the memorial and claims she has 13,500 supporters, said: “It is a really emotional day. "Obviously our thoughts are with the family.
“It is important to honour a royal soldier killed in a royal borough."
Ms Taylor, whose son fought alongside Lee Rigby, says she spoke to Mrs Rigby this morning. She said: “She was absolutely heartbroken.
"Lyn wants the memorial here."
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