May 22, 2014
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Latest statement from Department for Communities and Local Government.
A Government spokesman said:
“Britain has a long tradition of memorials to pay respect to the fallen through public subscription, including memorials to mark acts of IRA terrorism on the British mainland.
“Provided such a memorial has the support of Drummer Lee Rigby’s family , the Government is happy to endorse a proposal for an appropriate memorial, such as a memorial plaque, in Woolwich.
“Calls for a memorial have already attracted broad support from the public. We disagree with those who have suggested that a public memorial would encourage extremism. Instead, extremism in all its forms should be challenged and we should not cave in and abandon long-standing British traditions.”