This is so sad.. I feel terrible watching this. 40 victims of the crash have just arrived in the Netherlands. We have a national day of mourning today. The idea that there are 258 more victims who are still in Ukraine makes me sick. This should never have happened.
UKRAINE, KHARKIV : Ukrainian soldiers carry a coffin with the remains of a victim of the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 crash to a military plane during a ceremony at the airport of Kharkiv, Ukraine, on July 23, 2014. The first plane carrying bodies from downed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 left eastern Ukraine for the Netherlands on July 23 following a sombre ceremony. The Dutch military aircraft took off from the airport in the government-controlled city of Kharkiv bound for Eindhoven after the first group of victims’ remains were loaded onto the plane in wooden coffins. AFP PHOTO/ GENYA SAVILOV
Two military planes carrying bodies of MH17 crash victims arrive at Eindhoven Airport in the Netherlands
23 juli 2014. We rouwen nationaal om de slachtoffers van de vliegtuigramp van vlucht MH17.
23rd of july 2014. National day of mourning in memory of the victims of flight MH17.
Today is the national mourning day for the Dutch victims of MH17. The first 50 bodies will arrive in the Netherlands this afternoon around 4pm. The minute before the plane with the victim’s bodies lands the entire country will have a minute of silence. In Amsterdam there will be a silent procession, where the participators are asked to wear white. There will be no commercials and appropriate broadcasts on radio and television.
We lost 193 Dutch citizens this past Thursday. Many families have been ripped apart. Everybody in the Netherlands, directly or indirectly, seems to have known someone on this plane. We are a small country. We are not used to this kind of terror, this generation of Dutchmen is not used to this kind of terror. I have no idea what this brings for the future, but just for today is does not matter yet. Today we remember. Today we think about all those lives lost on that plane. About all those families and friends who lost their loved ones in a useless plain crash.
Think about those people today. And think about the people you love who are still there. Appreciate them, be aware.
Tim and Regis; I will think about you most today. My old colleague and the brother of my friend. It is just not fair. Slaap zacht, mannen.
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Image courtesy NASA/GSFC/METI/ERSDAC/JAROS, and U.S./Japan ASTER Science Team
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