Today is a sad day for a lot of people worldwide. Today is the day of national grief in the country where I live, The Netherlands. Almost a week ago an airplane that was on it’s way from Amsterdam to Maleisia got shot down. A lot of victims from different countries, and most of them from The Netherlands.
Two of these victims were from my (not very big) hometown. The mother and child who took a selfie before take off. I didn’t knew them personally, but it is weird to know how close these things can happen. That guy went to the same school as I did, his mother went to the same supermarket. It’s just feels….strange when you think about these things. You step into an airplane to enjoy your holidays, or go to a conference, or whatever your reason is, but you never reach your destination. Today we all said “welcome home” to the bodies from the victims.
Today I am proud to be Dutch. It is wonderful to see how we al respond to all what’s happened. People stopping on the driveway to see the hearses passing by. We were all silent at the same time, 4pm. The media decided not to film the family and friends from the victims. A lot of people stopped working for a minute, no matter if they worked on a train or in a supermarket. We comfort each other, we respect each other.
Rest in piece to all the victims, and condolences to the family, friends and everyone else who is connected to someone in some kind of way. The government and society are standing behind all of you. <3