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MH17 National Remembrance Ceremony on 10 November

Government of The Netherlands 4 Nov.14

Government of The Netherlands
News item | 04-11-2014

On Monday 10 November the MH17 National Remembrance Ceremony will take place at Amsterdam RAI. Attendance is by invitation only and is only for friends and family of the victims and those directly affected by the disaster.

The ceremony is a token of sympathy for the victims’ next of kin and an expression of respect for the victims themselves. It gives friends and family the opportunity to come together with others who have been bereaved and remember their loved ones. The programme for the ceremony has been devised in close consultation with next of kin. During the ceremony, 30 friends and family will read out the names of all 298 victims. Four will deliver a personal speech or read a poem. Prime Minister Mark Rutte will speak on behalf of the government. A minute’s silence will also be held.

The Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, the Netherlands Radio Choir and the Netherlands Children’s Choir will provide music, alongside Dutch artists Marco Borsato, Lenette van Dongen, Douwe Bob and Glennis Grace. Former television presenter Maartje van Weegen will be the master of ceremonies.

Their Majesties King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima will attend, as will Their Royal Highnesses Princess Beatrix and Princess Margriet of the Netherlands, accompanied by Professor Pieter van Vollenhoven. Several members of the government, MPs, foreign ambassadors, mayors of victims’ municipalities and other dignitaries will also attend.

The official ceremony will begin at 13.00 and will last until approximately 14.15. Following this, there will be a more informal gathering which will end at around 16.30. Dutch broadcaster NOS will broadcast the ceremony live on radio and television.

Note for editors, not for publication

As previously stated, media can use NOS audio and video material under the usual pool arrangements. There is no opportunity for radio and television recording from the auditorium itself. Video and audio requests can be submitted until noon on Friday 7 November via Inge van de Weerd (NOS) on +31 (0) 6 2245 5603 / or Mike van Breemen (NOS) on +31 (0) 6 5149 6340 /

The MH17 National Remembrance Ceremony at the RAI is also subject to pooling arrangements for photographers. Two photographers from the rota pool will be present in the auditorium. Following the ceremony, images will be made available through the Rotapool NL image libraries (ANP, Hollandse Hoogte, Novum, AP, AFP, EPA, Getty Images and Reuters Thompson). Using the pool ensures that all national and international media have access to the event.

The media can film the arrival and departure of members of the Royal House and members of the government. They must register to do so by sending an email to by Friday 7 November. Only media representatives who have registered in advance will be admitted to the restricted area.

If there is a large amount of media interest, admission may be limited. The media will be notified of this by email by Friday 7 November. There is no media access to the auditorium itself.

The press enclosure is located by the entrance to Hall 11 (Entrance C). Media representatives can report to the special press entrance near Hall 11 on Europaboulevard from 10.30 onwards. Access to the press enclosure closes at 11.45. Parking for broadcasting vehicles is provided in RAI car park P6. Other vehicles cannot enter the RAI car park and must be parked elsewhere.

Accredited media can follow the live broadcast from a press tent equipped with wifi.

For more information, contact Jean Fransman, spokesperson for the Ministry of Security and Justice on + 31 (0) 6 1075 1830.