Visit to the memorial: around 10:20 am on Thursday 22nd June 2017.
Before we left for the airport on Thursday 22nd June 2017 we went to a nearby florists shop in Ljubljana where the florist made up a beautiful bouquet.
We travelled to the Airport where we met with Brigita who drove us to the site of the memorial. This was a difficult and solemn occasion. The memorial is beautiful: simple and extremely appropriate. Brigita was very unobtrusive and allowed me all the time I needed for personal contemplation.
I laid the flowers together with the simple card that I had written.
It is no more than a few score metres from the site of the crash and, it would seem that this area of the forest has not regrown completely. It was a beautiful day and the backdrop of the Kamnik Alps (in front of the Karavanke mountain ridge that borders Slovenia and Austria) was stunning.
The site, although only a few kilometres from the airport, seemed quite isolated. I tried to imagine the awful scene that had unfolded.
I tried to imagine how rescue vehicles could reach and leave.
I tried to imagine how my mother had dragged me away from the immediate crash site to where we were eventually found by an ambulance that was returning to Ljubljana.
I tried to imagine the people of Brnik who came out to the site to offer help.