Netherlands Embassy open to mourners of MH17

Dutch King Willem-Alexander, left, signs a condolence register as Queen Maxima looks on at the Ministry of Security and Justice in The Hague, Netherlands, Friday, July 18. The attack on a Malaysian jetliner Thursday afternoon killed 298 people from nearly a dozen nations, more than half being Dutch, including vacationers, students and a large contingent of scientists heading to an AIDS conference in Australia. (AP Photo/Phil Nijhuis)
Vigil organized by area Ukranians, mourns Dutch

wtopstaff | November 15, 2014 12:48 pm

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WASHINGTON — Outside the Royal Netherlands Embassy in northwest Washington, a make-shift memorial with toys and flowers and signs has sprung up in remembrance of the 192 known Dutch victims of the downed Malaysia Airlines flight MH15 on Thursday.

The items were gathered under a sign from embassy officials thanking people for their outpouring of support in the 24 hours following the crash.

Mourners also gathered outside the embassy Friday night for a vigil sponsored by the local Ukranian community, and then, holding candles, they walked to the Malaysian embassy in silence.

Dutch embassy officials said that on Monday and Tuesday, the embassy will be open to the public for those who would like to register condolences. The building will be open from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., and from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. during those times, say officials.

The staff of the embassy also plans a moment of silence on Monday.

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WTOP’s Mike Murillo contributed to this report

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