Community leaders say a permanent memorial for murdered soldier Lee Rigby is a fitting tribute which will ensure his memory lives on. Lee's family and friends watched its unveiling at Middleton memorial gardens yesterday,.
Fusilier Lee Rigby's name has been added to the country's memorial to fallen servicemen.
The soldier from Middleton was murdered by extremists just yards from his barracks in Woolwich in May last year.
Fusilier Lee Rigby has been honoured at a service remembering fallen servicemen.
The soldier from Middleton was murdered by Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale near Woolwich Barracks last year.
The soldier is one of 17 servicemen to have their names added to the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire.
The annual event remembers fallen servicemen who have been killed on duty the previous year.
Family members will lay wreaths at the memorial after the service.
The mother of murdered soldier Lee Rigby, who was hacked to death in the street last year by Islamist fanatics, "wept" when she saw the news about the beheading of US journalist James Foley.
Lyn Rigby told the Sun on Sunday (£) that the American's violent death brought back nightmarish memories of her son's killing.
She said: "The moment I saw the news about James's beheading, I felt my heart turn over and I just wept."
She added that she supported calls from Foley's parents not to watch the fanatics' video, saying: "By refusing to watch, you are making a stand against the terrorists who are trying to push a nasty and violent agenda."
Fusilier Rigby, a 25-year-old father-of-one, was knocked down by a car near Woolwich Barracks in south east London and subjected to a frenzied knife attack in broad daylight. Michael Adebolajo and fellow extremist Michael Adebowale were this year convicted of his murder.
A man has been charged with scrawling graffiti about fusilier Lee Rigby's murder on the RAF Bomber Command War Memorial in central London.
Daniel James Smith, 21, of Grecian Street North, Salford, Lancashire, is accused of causing criminal damage to the memorial in Green Park on June 5.
Unemployed Smith will appear at Westminster Magistrates' Court tomorrow morning.
The memorial, which was created to remember the thousands of RAF crew who lost their lives in the Second World War, was vandalised twice in just over a week following the murder of Drummer Rigby in Woolwich, south east London, on May 22.