On 17 July, 2014 Malaysian Airlnes flight MH17 was shot down killing all 298 passengers on board.
It is a tragedy that will remain in national memory as one of the Netherlands’ darkest days. A disaster that has struck the Dutch more than any people.
A few friends from home have asked us how we’re doing. As individuals, we’re shocked and appalled. As a nation, never prone to public displays of emotion, many Dutch people have made it a point of honour not to let the catastrophe overwhelm them.
What will happen :
- All government buildings will fly their flags at half mast.
- Church bells will sound throughout the day, and for 5 minutes before the planes carrying the first victims land in Eindhoven. This is expected to be around 4pm.
- The planes will be met by King Willem, Queen Maxima, the Prime Minister, Deputy Prime Minister and representatives from other countries.
- After the planes land, a trumpet will sound and the nation will observe a one minute silence.
- Buses have confirmed that their buses will be stationary at bus stops during the one minute silence.
- Schiphol airport has confirmed that the minute silence will be announced in the terminals, during which time all entertainment screens will go dark and no planes will take off.