National day of mourning for MH17 victims set for Aug 22

The national day of mourning for the victims of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 is Aug 22.  This is when the remains of 15 Malaysians who were killed in the tragedy will be brought home from the Netherlands, The Star Online reported.

In addition, the remains of a Dutch victim would also be on the flight as the next of kin had requested that the deceased be buried in Malaysia.

But the day would not be declared a public holiday, said Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri MuhyiddinYassin.  However, there will be a moment of silence when the coffins arrive.

Muhyiddin said the 16 coffins would be transported via a special flight from Amsterdam, and are expected to arrive at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport at 10am for the receiving ceremony at the KLIA’s Bunga Raya Complex.

The Yang diPertuanAgong is scheduled to be at the ceremony, together with Prime Minister Datuk Seri NajibTunRazak, Cabinet ministers, MentrisBesar, Chief Ministers and families of the victims.

At the end of the ceremony, the remains would immediately be sent to their respective hometowns, accompanied by their next of kin.