Emotional ceremony: Schiphol Airport 3 years since MH17 jet was shot down over Ukrain

Three years after the Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 was shot down by a Buk missile over Ukraine, friends and relatives of the 38 Australian citizens and residents who died were among the 2,000 people who attended the opening of a new memorial in the Netherlands to the 298 people who lost their lives.

The memorial at Vijfhuizen near Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport features 298 young trees planted for each of those who died.

After the memorial’s emotional opening, attended by the Dutch king and queen, Sydney parents Meryn and John O’Brien visited their son Jack’s tree, a crab apple, as planes took off from the nearby airport the 25-year-old flew out of on 17 July 2014, returning from a European backpacking trip to resume his studies.

Source: MH17 anniversary: Australian families attend unveiling of memorial for victims | World news | The Guardian