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Over 2 000 relatives unveil a 'living memorial' to missing flight MH17 victims

298 trees have been planted in the shape of a green ribbon, one for each of the victims who died on board the Malaysia airline.

FILE: People release white balloons in the air during a silent march in memory of the victims of the downed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, on 23 July 2014. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - Three years after flight MH17 was shot down by a missile over war-torn Ukraine, more than
2 000 relatives have gathered to unveil a "living memorial" to their loved ones.

A total of 298 trees have been planted in the shape of a green ribbon, one for each of the victims who died on board the Malaysia Airlines flight en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur.

Dutch King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima will join the government and international officials at a solemn ceremony to dedicate the memorial in the park close to Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam where the flight took off from on this day in 2014.

[WATCH] MH17 memorial unveiled in the Netherlands three years on: