Stichting Nationaal Monument MH17



On the 17th of July 2014, the world was shocked by the devastating report that flight MH17, an international passenger flight from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport on its way to Kuala Lumpur, crashed as it flew over Eastern Ukraine. 298 passengers died.

This tragic news led to an unbearable loss for relatives all over the world, a disaster that is anchored in our collective memory.


Alarmed by the original creator of the living memorial forest for MH17, Arold Jansen, the Nationaal Bossenfonds (National Forest Fund) has developed a proposal for the planting of a memorial forest to commemorate all the victims of flight MH17.

The design of the forest monument has been inspired by the form of the black memorial ribbon, which was used as a symbol in the aftermath of the crash, and is also used by Stichting Vliegramp MH17. The layout of the forest will be in the form of a green ribbon, planted with 298 trees, each tree representing a person on board of flight MH17.

The ribbon will be surrounded by a ring of sunflowers, which blossom during the month of July, which would radiate a golden glow. The sunflowers also refer to the sunflower fields in eastern Ukraine where some parts of the plane wreckage were found.

The opening of the National Monument MH17 is set for July 17th, 2017.


This monument will be situated close to Amsterdam Schiphol Airport and is easily accessible for both national and international visitors. The monumental design is selected by Stichting Vliegramp MH17, the united foundation for the relatives of the MH17 victims.

On the 18th and 25th of March relatives planted the trees for their loved ones at the National Monument MH17. The first tree for the captain of Flight MH17 was planted by the Ambassador of Malaysia, Mr. H.E. Dato 'Ahmad Nazri Yusof, together with the Director of Malaysian Airlines, Mr Tan Sri Mohamad Nor Yusof, and Foreign Minister, Mr. Bert Koenders. The staff of Boomkwekerij Ebben planted the trees that were not planted by relatives. The ceremony had a private character. Photos can be watched on our Realisatie page.


A tree symbolizes ‘hope’ and ‘future’ in many cultures, a strong symbol. We not only want to honor the MH17 victims, but also want to create a place where everyone can keep their memories of the 298 passengers alive. Every victim’s life will live on metaphorically through these memorial trees.


The overview of the trees and the names of the victims that this tree is associated with can be viewed on Location trees.

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