Dutch Royals Open Memorial To Malaysian Airlines Victims

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Dutch royals open memorial to Malaysian Airlines victims
1st September 2017

By Sandra Pearce

An artist’s impression of the tribute. Pic: www.monumentmh17.nl/

The Dutch king and queen have laid flowers at the opening of a memorial for the victims of the Malaysian Airlines’ victims shot down over Ukraine three years ago.

Dr Alex Ploeg – secretary-general of both the European Pet Organisation and Ornamental Fish International – was travelling with his wife Edith, their son Robert, and Robert’s friend for a family vacation in South-East Asia.

All 298 people on board were killed when the plane was shot down by a Buk missile over the disputed Donetsk region en-route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur on July 17, 2014.

The memorial near Amsterdam is shaped like a ribbon – inspired by the black memorial ribbon used to symbolise mourning after the plane was hit – and is made up of 298 trees surrounded by a ring of sunflowers.

Each tree represents a victim, and the sunflowers refer to the sunflower fields where some parts of the plane wreckage were found, reports the Sky News.