With the reading of the names of the 298 victims were commemorated in Vijfhuizen the MH17-air crash. Because the corona crisis there were no survivors present in the memory park. The board of Stichting Vliegramp MH17 read the names.
The commemoration began with a short pre-recorded speech of Prime Minister Mark Rutte. “Today we consider the terrible disaster which took place six years ago,” he said. “A disaster which your loved ones at once snatched from life. A disaster that changed your life forever. Six years ago, but it feels like yesterday. ”
Rutte said that this year “look each other in the eye or an arm around each other is not in it.” “It was inevitable. But I am convinced: it makes the connection no less. It is precisely in the austerity of the ceremony we come to the core. ” The Prime Minister wished the survivors finally much strength increasing. “In my mind I am with you today. Good luck.”
An important year
Then held Chairman Piet Ploeg speech. “Although we commemorate today via a live stream, but keep in mind we are together,” Plow said. The Chairman stated that the year 2020 may go down in history is as a special and important year for us and many others. He was referring thereby to the start of the trial on March 9 the four suspects accused of involvement in the downing of the plane.
Team also said the survivors still need dealing with a flurry of misinformation on social media and the absolute and disrespectful denial of any responsibility for the death of our loved ones. ”
After reading the names a minute’s silence was held and 298 sunflowers were deposited. In the background was the field with sunflowers visible, which is planted from seeds derived from a field in Ukraine where parts of the unit of Malaysia Airlines ended up. The flags of the countries fluttered at half-mast. Survivors are the rest of the day welcome to the field trees at the monument, which has been planted for the victims.