22 August 2014 has been declared National Mourning Day to pay respect to the passengers and crew who perished in the tragedy of flight MH17.
A moment of silence was observed by the whole nation as the plane carrying 20 of the identified bodies arrived at Kuala Lumpur International Airport today. The majority of the nation has also donned black, the mourning colour, to show respect. Flags are all flown at half-mast while entertainment programs and activities have been decreased or replaced with prayer recitations.
Below are some of the photos depicting today’s mourning, courtesy of various news outlets and social media uploads.
The remains of Malaysian MH17 victims leaving the airport in Netherlands. [Photo credit: Bernama]
Malaysia Airlines flight attendants await the Malaysian victims at KLIA. [Photo credit: The Star]
MAS cabin and technical crew standing in line to support the families and friends of the MH17 victims. [Photo credit: News Straits Times]
Noriah Daud, 57, the mother of MH17’s first officer Ahmad Hakimi Hanapi, holding back her tears. [News Straits Times]
Malaysia welcoming home the MH17 victims.
Malaysians observe one minute of silence for victims. [ST Foreign Desk]
The remains of Malaysian MH17 victims arrive at Kuala Lumpur International Airport.
Malaysian soldiers carrying the coffins. [Photo credit: Buzzfeed News]
Malaysian soldiers gather and help carry the coffins. [Photo credit: Buzzfeed News]
One of the coffins being carried by Malaysian soldiers. [Photo credit: AFP]
Malaysian flag at KLIA flown at half mast. [Photo credit: The Star]
Hearses arrive at Kompleks Bunga Raya. [Bernama]
Electronic signboards at Tun Razak, KL. [The Star]
Newspapers are printed only in black and white today.