I’m not quite sure how to start this article but I wanted to write something about this. Today it’s a National day of mourning because of the plane crash that happened in Ukraine last week. We lost 193 citizen in that crash and today 50 of the bodies are finally being released and send to our country. All 298 bodies will be brought here and they will start the identification of the bodies in the Netherlands.
Because of this day today at 4pm there will be 1 minute of silence to remember the victems. At this time the first planes with bodies will arrive at the Airport. There will be all kinds of ceremonies throughout the country. Shops will silence their music at 4pm. No planes are allowed to land or leave around 4 pm. Also all flags will be half mast today.
At 8pm there will also be a silent walk in Amsterdam to remember all the lives lost.
I will be turning my Twitter Avatar black today because of this. Also if you want to read some of the stories of the families of the victims I recommend reading this
Albert and Maree Rizk weren’t supposed to be on that flight either.
Every year, the fun-loving 50-somethings from Melbourne, Australia, went on a month-long vacation with friends. They had hopscotched the globe, from Thailand to Fiji to Europe.
This time, the Rizks had nearly skipped the trip due to family commitments. Family came first for Albert, a real estate agent, and Maree, parents of two and beloved fixtures in their community.
A change of plans freed them up to join their friends, Ross and Sue Campbell, but they weren’t able to snag a seat on the Campbells’ return flight. So they bought tickets for the same route, a day later: Flight 17.
The Rizks and the Campbells had become more like family than friends since Sue and Maree met at a mother’s group when their now-grown children were babies. They had a ball traveling through Italy, Switzerland and Germany. It felt like they’d laughed for a solid month. Together, they realized a lifelong goal: climbing to the top of the Klein Matterhorn in Switzerland.
On Tuesday night, the four gathered at an Italian restaurant for a final meal. They reminisced about their latest adventure — one of their best — and made plans for a reunion back in Australia. On Saturday, they would get together to feast on the delicious Dutch cheese they’d bought, drink wine and pore over their vacation photos.
The four headed back to the hotel, exchanged hugs and retired to their rooms.
Some friends were surprised that the Rizks were willing to fly Malaysia Airlines, after the disappearance of Flight 370. Maree’s stepmother, Kaylene Mann, had lost her brother and sister-in-law in the disaster.
Albert’s buddy of 30 years, Jack Medcraft, got in a friendly dig: Why Malaysia Airlines?
“Lightning never strikes twice,” Albert replied.
They burst out laughing. The nonchalant explanation had a double meaning.
Albert’s house had been struck by lightning last year.
In Australia, the Campbells had just arrived when they heard that a Malaysia Airlines plane had been shot down over Ukraine. Fearing the worst, they rushed over to the Rizks’ house to check on their kids. And for the second time in five months, Maree’s stepmother learned she’d lost a loved one to a Malaysia Airlines disaster.