Day of mourning in Australia over flight that was shot down

AUSTRALIA (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Australia is marking a national day of mourning for those who died on Malaysian Airlines Flight 17.

The flight was shot down over eastern Ukraine on July 17th.

A national memorial service took place at Saint Patrick's Cathedral in Melbourne Thursday to honor those who died and to support their loved ones.

The prime minister says the nation is grieving for all 298 people on board, but in particular for the 38 who called Australia home.

"May those who are lost arrive home to the people and the country they loved. May the god of mercy comfort those left behind, and may the god of justice answer all our prayers," said Prime Minister Tony Abbott.

In addition to the service, flags on all government buildings in Australia and oversees are flying at half-staff.