Dutch families plant first trees at MH17 memorial park
VIJFHUIZEN: Relatives of those killed when Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17 was downed over Ukraine in mid-2014, yesterday planted the first trees in a Dutch memorial park not far from where the ill-fated plane departed.
“Today is an important day for all the next of kin. We are planting the first trees... to create a monument for MH17,” Evert van Zijtveld, chairman of the MH17 Victims’ Foundation, said.
“We are planting them to ensure their memory will not be forgotten and to remind us that we still want justice for MH17,” Van Zijtveld, who lost a son, daughter and his parents-in-law, said.
The jetliner was shot down over Ukraine on July 17, 2014 en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, killing all 298 on board.
“The 298 trees will remind us of each life that was stolen on July 17 that year,” said Dutch Foreign Minister Bert Koenders.
The park, in the shape of a giant ribbon consisting of apple, ash and hawthorn trees among others, lies a few kilometres from Schiphol airport, from where MH17 took off. AFP