Dutch fam­i­lies plant first trees at MH17 me­mo­rial park

New Straits Times - - World -

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

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