Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Guards to Travel to Memorial

Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Guards to Travel to Memorial

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Byline: Robyn Ironside

A HUGE memorial being created for the victims of the MH17 tragedy will be opened in Amsterdam on the third anniversary of the disaster before a large contingent of families, including many from Australia.

Among those making the trip to the site near Schiphol Airport is the family of Sydney backpacker Jack O'Brien, and the adult children of Toowoomba's Jill and Roger Guard.

Already 298 trees have been planted on the memorial site - one for each person killed when the Malaysia Airlines' flight was shot out of the sky over Ukraine on July 17, 2014.

Forty of those represent Australian lives lost.

Designer Arold Jansen took inspiration from the MH17 memorial ribbon for the plantation which is surrounded by a ring of sunflowers - like those in the field where the plane crashed.

Paul Guard, whose parents were returning from a European holiday on MH17, said his extended family would travel to Amsterdam for the memorial opening on July 17. …

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