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Day of Mourning: Dutch Jet Crash Victims Returned Home

The bodies of the first victims from the Malaysian airliner shot down over Ukraine last week arrived in the Netherlands on Wednesday.

. People pay their respects during a national day of mourning for the victims killed in the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 plane disaster, in Amsterdam on July 23, 2014. The bodies of the first victims from a Malaysian airliner shot down over Ukraine last week arrived back in the Netherlands on Wednesday amid dignified grief tinged with anger. Bells pealed and flags flew at half mast in memory of the 298 people killed when flight MH17 crashed in an area of eastern Ukraine held by Russian-backed separatists, in the first national day of mourning since wartime Queen Wilhelmina died in 1962. Cris Toala Olivares / Reuters

. A row of hearses carrying victims killed aboard Flight MH17 arrives in Hilversum, where forensic experts will begin the painstaking task of identifying the bodies and returning them to their loved ones. Michael Kooren / Reuters

. A mother and her daughter reflect at the gate of the Korporaal van Oudheusden barracks, after bringing flowers to remember the victims killed in the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 plane disaster, in Hilversum. Michael Kooren / Reuters

. Family members react through the window of a hearse carrying the victims' bodies, as they arrive at the Korporaal van Oudheusden barracks. Michael Kooren / Reuters

. A convoy of hearses carrying coffins containing the remains of victims of the downed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 drives from the Eindhoven Airbase to Hilversum. Remko De Waal / AFP - Getty Images

. Family members of the victims killed react while they wait for a row of hearses carrying the victims' bodies to arrive in Hilversum. Michael Kooren / Reuters

. Coffins of the victims of Malaysia Airlines MH17 are loaded into hearses on the tarmac during a national reception ceremony at Eindhoven airport. Two aircraft carrying the remains of some of the 298 passengers who died on flight MH17 touched down at the airport as next-of-kin and Dutch and foreign officials looked on. Mischa Rapmund / Reuters

. A woman lights a candle near flowers and candles placed in honor of three citizens, a mother, 17-year-old daughter and 13-year-old son who were among the victims of flight MH17 in Delft, Netherlands, on July 23. Phil Nijhuis / AP

. King Willem-Alexander, second left, Queen Maxima, third left, and Prime Minister Mark Rutte, third right, observe a moment of silence during a ceremony to mark the return of the first bodies of passengers and crew killed in the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17. Phil Nijhuis / AP

. Volunteers pull on ropes to ring the Salvator Bell in the Dom tower in Utrecht, during a national day of mourning for the victims of the downed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 on July 23. Jaap de Boer / Reuters

. Pallbearers carry a coffin out of a military transport plane during a ceremony to mark the return of the first bodies of passengers and crew killed in the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, from Ukraine at Eindhoven military air base. Phil Nijhuis / AP

. Dutch Embassy employees hold a minute's silence in commemoration of the victims of the Malaysia Airlines MH17 plane accident in front of the Dutch embassy in Kiev, on July 23. Roman Pilipey / EPA

. Ukrainian soldiers carry a coffin with the remains of a victim of the flight MH17 crash to a military plane during a somber ceremony at the Ukrainian airport. Genya Savilov / AFP - Getty Images