MH17 memorial in Hilversum (Photo: @pieterbroertjes/Twitter) - Credit: MH17 memorial in Hilversum (Photo: @pieterbroertjes/Twitter)
Thursday, 1 September 2016 - 13:20
Over €42,000 raised for Hilversum MH17 monument
Residents, businesses and associations in Hilversum raised over 42 thousand euros for a permanent MH17 monument in the city. Mayor Pieter Broertjes called it a unique achievement, the Telegraaf reports. After Amsterdam, Hilversum is the city that lost the most residents to the disaster with Malaysia Airlines flight MH17. On July 17th, 2014 flight MH17 was shot down over eastern Ukraine, killing all 298 people on board. 196 of the victims were Dutch, and 15 of them came from Hilversum. The monument consists of 15 bronze sunflowers. It was unveiled in Dudok Park in the city on July 17th, the two year anniversary of the disaster. The monument cost 50 thousand euros. The municipality of Hilversum will contribute the remaining amount.