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A national day of mourning in the Netherlands

Wednesday, Jul 23, 2014 - 01:43

The Netherlands observes first national day of mourning since wartime Queen Wilhelmina died in 1962, as first bodies from plane crash come home. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.

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They gather in the Netherlands to mourn the loss of those who died on Malaysia Airlines flight MH17. Bells peal and flags fly at half mast in memory of the 298 people killed. They observe a moment of silence in the first national day of mourning since wartime Queen Wilhelmina died in 1962. With 193 of the dead from the Netherlands, many knew someone who died. (SOUNDBITE) (Dutch) ATTENDEE TIM HUPERTZ SAYING: "A friend of mine was on the plane. He was 19 years old, he was a DJ and played at several parties in the Netherlands. I first heard about the crash and then read on Facebook he was on board. It was a real shock, I am very sad." The bodies of the first victims have come home. The bodies are driven in a convoy of hearses to a military barracks, where forensics experts will begin the grim work of putting names to the remains. People line the streets to pay their respect. At a church service in Amersfoort the sound of music amid grief. The Dutch Prime Minister said Tuesday that the disaster has fundamentally changed the way the Dutch view Russia, urging the European Union to unite behind a firm approach to force Moscow to cooperate with the investigation.

A national day of mourning in the Netherlands

Wednesday, Jul 23, 2014 - 01:43

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