Printer Friendly

Tribute 'not a victory parade'.

Byline: EMMA SNODGRASS

A WARWICKSHIRE bomb disposal expert is today being remembered at a national tribute service to those who died in the Iraqi conflict.

The Queen, other senior royals and Prime Minister Tony Blair were among those who attended the multi-faith service in St Paul's Cathedral to honour the 50 British soldiers who have died since the conflict started.

Staff Sergeant Chris Muir, a father-of-one who worked with the Army School of Ammunition, in the Royal Logistic Corps, based at Kineton, died on March 31, during an operation to dismantle munitions.

Today, there was heavy security around the cathedral in central London with uniformed police cordoning off some roads.

Relatives of the 50 military personnel who died in the conflict and its aftermath walked silently, some hand in hand, into St Paul's alongside military veterans of the war who were in uniform.

The service was being addressed by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams. A minute's silence, led by Bishop to the Forces the Rt Rev David Conner, was also held, with a bugler sounding the Last Post. Prayers for penitence and reconciliation called for "an end to injustice, terrorism and war".

There was no victory parade or military marchpast at the event - in keeping with the theme of remembrance rather than triumphalism.

Two US soldiers were killed and four injured in an ambush just hours after a suicide car bombing that killed 10 people in the same Baghdad neighbourhood. The troops from the 1st Armoured Division were on a routine patrol in Sadr City, when they were ambushed.

CAPTION(S):

REMEMBERED: Chris Muir
COPYRIGHT 2003 Coventry Newpapers
No portion of this article can be reproduced without the express written permission from the copyright holder.
Copyright 2003 Gale, Cengage Learning. All rights reserved.

Article Details
Printer friendly Cite/link Email Feedback
Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Oct 10, 2003
Words:266
Previous Article:Joy at breast cancer breakthrough.
Next Article:Prize for human rights activist.


Related Articles
PARADE TRIBUTE TO BRAVE BARRY.
Tribute to the fallen of Iraq.
Service not triumphal.
Tribute 'not a victory parade'.
Blair heckled after memorial service; Dissent as great and good honour the fallen.
BERTIE JOINS LEADERS IN TRIBUTE TO VE DAY; Premiers gather in Moscow to mark defeat of Nazis.
Dear Mirror: The BIG Issue - England's almighty triumph.
Victory parade for Olympic medal heroes; Team GB will be given big welcome home.

Terms of use | Privacy policy | Copyright © 2021 Farlex, Inc. | Feedback | For webmasters |