Sunday, 23 September, 2018

Memorial unveiled for Malaysia Airlines crash victims

Memorial unveiled for Malaysia Airlines crash victims Memorial unveiled for Malaysia Airlines crash victims
Ellis Copeland | 18 July, 2017, 04:26

The names of all the 298 passengers and crew killed in the disaster were read out by their emotional families, and the Dutch royals and others laid flowers.

MH17 Disaster Foundation chairman Evert van Zijtveld, who lost his two children on the flight, told the gathering their loved ones went on a journey in July 2014 "and this memorial forest symbolically unites them again".

There were 17 nationalities on board, mostly Dutch but also Australians, Britons, Malaysians, and Indonesians. That day. left a void in our lives.

After the memorial's emotional opening, attended by the Dutch king and queen, Sydney parents Meryn and John O'Brien visited their son Jack's tree, a crab apple, as planes took off from the nearby airport the 25-year-old flew out of on 17 July 2014, returning from a European backpacking trip to resume his studies.

"These victims can never be forgotten", he said.

One tree for each victim was planted with the forest forming the shape of a ribbon

A Dutch-led investigation, that includes Australians, has concluded that the Buk missile that downed MH17 was sacked from rebel-held territory in eastern Ukraine from a launcher that had crossed the border from Russian Federation.

"Our responsibility before the dead and before future generations is to show to the aggressor terrorists that responsibility is unavoidable for all the crimes committed". "It was a barefaced crime that could have been avoided if not for the Russian aggression, Russian system and Russian missile that came from Russian territory", Poroshenko wrote on Facebook.

Russia, which denies any involvement in the fighting in eastern Ukraine, also denies one of its rockets could have been used to bring down MH17. The trees will be surrounded by sunflowers that blossom in July.

Earlier this month, Dutch officials announced that the trial of suspects arrested in the shooting of the aircraft will be held in the Netherlands.

A glistening steel structure shaped like an eye and set before a dark wall bears the names of the victims.

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