Dutch mourn as remains of Flight 17 victims come home

By Todd C. Frankel, Carol Morello, July 24, 2014

The coffins were made of wood. The two military transport planes were gunmetal gray. The hearses — 40 of them — were black.

This scene stood perfectly still Wednesday as a tiny nation observed one minute of silence, part of a national day of mourning, its first in 50 years. Trains stopped. Courts suspended trials. Conversations halted. And here, at this military base, the only sound was the metal clang of 17 flags, all hung at half-mast, representing the nationalities of the 298 passengers and crew members who died aboard Malaysia Airlines Flight 17.

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