Memorial service to be held for flight MH17 victims on July 11

Soldiers carry a coffin with the remains of a Malaysian victim from the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 that crashed in Ukraine during a ceremony at the Bunga Raya complex at Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang on August 22, 2014.

PETALING JAYA - Those who perished in the shooting down of Flight MH17 will be remembered in a national memorial service, said Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai.

The Transport Minister said a ceremony would be held at the Bunga Raya Complex of the KL International Airport at 10am on July 11, one week ahead of the July 17 air tragedy.

He said the ceremony was expected to be attended by over 1,000 people.

They will include Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, Cabinet ministers, the heads of foreign missions from the countries involved, members of the MAS management and crew and religious leaders from the various faiths.

"The next of kin of the victims will also attend," he said in a statement.

Liow said MAS would make arrangements for the families to attend the ceremony.

"I call on all Malaysians to join us in prayer as we remember the victims who perished in this devastating tragedy.

"Our thoughts and prayers have and will always be with the families and loved ones of those on board MH17," he said.

The flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur was shot down over eastern Ukraine.

All 283 passengers from 11 countries, along with 15 crew members, were killed.

The Netherlands had 196 citizens onboard.