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Australia unveils memorial for victims of Malaysian plane shot down over Ukraine 1 year ago

  • Relatives of the Australian victims of Malaysia Airlines jet MH17 attend a service for the unveiling of a memorial outside Parliament House in Canberra, Australia, Friday, July 17, 2015.  Tearful relatives of several Australians who were flying on the Malaysian jetliner that was shot down over eastern Ukraine a year ago gathered for a memorial service Friday that included the unveiling of a plaque set in soil from the place where they died.(AP Photo/David Gray, Pool)

    Relatives of the Australian victims of Malaysia Airlines jet MH17 attend a service for the unveiling of a memorial outside Parliament House in Canberra, Australia, Friday, July 17, 2015. Tearful relatives of several Australians who were flying on the Malaysian jetliner that was shot down over eastern Ukraine a year ago gathered for a memorial service Friday that included the unveiling of a plaque set in soil from the place where they died.(AP Photo/David Gray, Pool)  (The Associated Press)

  • Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott center, and his wife Margaret prepare to lay a wreath for the Australian victims of Malaysia Airlines jet MH17 at a ceremony unveiling a memorial outside Parliament House in Canberra, Australia, Friday, July 17, 2015. Tearful relatives of several Australians who were flying on the Malaysian jetliner that was shot down over eastern Ukraine a year ago gathered for a memorial service Friday that included the unveiling of a plaque set in soil from the place where they died.(AP Photo/David Gray, Pool)

    Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott center, and his wife Margaret prepare to lay a wreath for the Australian victims of Malaysia Airlines jet MH17 at a ceremony unveiling a memorial outside Parliament House in Canberra, Australia, Friday, July 17, 2015. Tearful relatives of several Australians who were flying on the Malaysian jetliner that was shot down over eastern Ukraine a year ago gathered for a memorial service Friday that included the unveiling of a plaque set in soil from the place where they died.(AP Photo/David Gray, Pool)  (The Associated Press)

  • Relatives of the Australian victims of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 place floral tributes and touch a memorial that was unveiled outside Parliament House in Canberra, Australia, Friday, July 17, 2015. Tearful relatives of several Australians who were flying on the Malaysian jetliner that was shot down over eastern Ukraine a year ago gathered for a memorial service Friday that included the unveiling of a plaque set in soil from the place where they died. (AP Photo/David Gray, Pool)

    Relatives of the Australian victims of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 place floral tributes and touch a memorial that was unveiled outside Parliament House in Canberra, Australia, Friday, July 17, 2015. Tearful relatives of several Australians who were flying on the Malaysian jetliner that was shot down over eastern Ukraine a year ago gathered for a memorial service Friday that included the unveiling of a plaque set in soil from the place where they died. (AP Photo/David Gray, Pool)  (The Associated Press)

Australia is holding a memorial service to mark the anniversary of the Malaysian jetliner that was shot down over eastern Ukraine.

There were 38 Australian citizens and permanent residents among the 298 people on Malaysia Airlines Flight 17. Everyone on board was killed.

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott on Friday unveiled a permanent memorial to the victims in the nation's capital, Canberra. The memorial features a plaque inscribed with the names of the Australians on board.

Family members of several of the victims attended the ceremony. Many cried as they placed flowers at the base of the plaque.

The plane was heading from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur when it was shot down over war-ravaged eastern Ukraine. Ukraine has blamed Russian-backed separatist rebels, while Moscow blames Ukraine.