A traditional military memorial service was held, July 23, for the victims of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17. It was an emotional moment for the families and friends of those lives lost.
Soldiers escorted 40 bodies of victims from the Malaysian plane that was shot down. The victims were laid in caskets, July 23, and taken to the Dutch military base in Hilversum to begin the identification process. Locals lined the streets to remember and pay tribute to the men, women and children that were killed in the fiery crash in eastern Ukraine.
MH17 — Families & Netherlands Cry For Innocent Victims
It was an incredibly sad moment for the families and friends of the lives lost.First a plane carrying 16 bodes touched down then a second carrying 24 came shortly after. The soldiers wore white gloves as they took each body off the plane and you could hear the sounds of the families crying on the tarmac as they looked on.
Also paying tribute were King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands.
Flags from 17 countries flew at half-staff at the airfield, and all windmills in the country were placed in “mourning position.” A bugler played the “Last Post” as the bodies were carried in caskets, on by one, into the awaiting hearses.
They were then led by motorbikes to the military base, the 80 mile route was lined with well-wishers who cried and threw flowers as they passed by.
The Identification Process Of The Bodies Begins
We told you that the Dutch Prime Minister, Mark Rutte, said that they had begun the process of trying to identify the victim’s bodies.
“Preparations will be made in Kharkiv so that identification can be done in the Netherlands as well as possible,” he said. “As soon as some victims are ready to be transported, the plane will leave. After arriving in Eindhoven, the bodies will be taken to the Kaporaal van Oudheusden military barracks in Hilversum, around 100 kilometres (65 miles) away. As soon as a victim is identified first and foremost the family will be informed and no one else. That can take weeks or months.”
HollywoodLifers, we feel horrible for the families and we will keep you posted on all new information.
– Chloe Melas
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