Today a large gathering took place of families of the victims of the air disaster in eastern Ukraine. My wife and I were among those present. We were deeply touched by the moving, personal accounts of those who have lost loved ones. People whose lives are in ruins. Their sorrow, their feeling of powerlessness and their despair are heartrending. Many people said to us, ‘We at least want to take dignified leave of our loved ones’.
We understand their frustration and their pain. And we share their heartfelt wish for clarity on the cause of this disaster.
We know that their loss can never be made good. Their grief is immense. The only thing we could do today was to be with them, and listen to what they had to say.
In the last few days, people have gathered together all over the Netherlands, and they will go on doing so. In offices, schools, sports clubs and living rooms across the country. People are there for one another.
And that is especially important now, at a time of great trial for our country, when so many people are overwhelmed by grief. It is important that we hold onto one another, that we support each other and do what we can to help. And that we open our hearts to anyone who wants to share their story. Not only now, but also in the months and years to come.
I would like to express my appreciation for all the people who are rallying around those affected by the disaster. Relatives, friends, neighbours and colleagues: you are all very much needed now.
I would also like to say how much I value the work being done by the hundreds of professionals involved in carrying out the many sad and difficult tasks that need to be done.
My wife and I sympathise deeply with all those who have been bereaved. We are with them in our thoughts. These sentiments are shared by my mother and by the other members of my family, who feel a particularly close bond with our country in these dark days.
Brief statement by His Majesty the King after the gathering of next of kin of the air disaster victims on Monday, 21 July 2014, Nieuwegein
Source: Koninklijk Huis
It is so disgusting what happening right now, it one thing to kill these innocent people, it is a whole different level to disrespect their bodies and belongings the way they have.(via royalwatcher)
When you walk into the gym and you realise people are looking at you because you are humming the funeral march.
I cannot get it out of my mind.
I cant help thinking stuff like this does not happen to us here. But it did.
We live in a safe world, a world where everybody is free to speak their minds and to make choices regarding their own lives. Sure accidents happen, crazyness happens, individuals are victimized. All in all those are considered incidents. but the last couple of days hit home hard. That couldve been me, my parents, my friends or family. You know that plane crashes can happen, but commercial planes are not supposed to be shot out of the sky over war territory. Plane crashes are supposed to be investigated and the bodys recovered to their families. Families should not have to wonder if they will ever know what happened or if they can get some physical evidence of their loved ones being gone.
It is not the question of who is to blame, its not who shouts the loudest. It is about finding the truth behind the tragedy, so it can be worked through.
Lets not start casting blame but focus on getting to the truth.
Having said that i still cannot believe this could happen… but it did.
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