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Netherlands declares National Day of Mourning (English translation)

Posted on 07-22 at 19:50:00 CST

Prime Minister Rutte has declared Wednesday 23 July 2014 a day of national mourning. On this day the first victims of the plane disaster with flight MH17 will arrive in Eindhoven.

This will happen in the presence of relatives. In addition, present will be Their Majesties King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima, Prime Minister Rutte and Deputy Prime Minister Asscher, representatives of the countries which suffered casualties and other dignitaries.

After the landing of the two military aircraft will the arrival in the Netherlands be marked with a bugle call. Then, a minute of silence will be observed. Everyone can join this.

In connection with this day of national mourning has Prime Minister Rutte issued a special flag instruction to fly the Dutch flag at half staff on buildings of the central government. Municipalities, provinces and Dutch diplomatic missions abroad are requested to act accordingly. Additionally, bell ringing can take place at various times during this day. This is particularly in the 5 minutes before the arrival of the planes. This arrival is expected at 4 p.m.