Worldwide investigators have said the Boeing jet flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur was shot down over war-torn eastern Ukraine on July 17, 2014 by a Russia-supplied missile system that was sacked from territory held by Russian-backed fighters.
"Three years may have passed, but the memories of the passengers and crew on-board will always be with all of us and they will be remembered dearly".
Monday afternoon's commemoration comes as worldwide investigators continue their painstaking probe aimed at bringing to justice those responsible for shooting down Flight 17 and killing all 298 passengers and crew.
A team of investigators that included Australians concluded in September the rocket was sacked from territory in eastern Ukraine held by pro-Russian separatists, however Russia insists the plane was brought down by Ukraine's military.
Officials announced this month that the trials of any suspects arrested over the shooting down of MH17 will be held in the Netherlands.
The Russians insist the Ukrainian military downed the aircraft, and have denounced the investigation's conclusions as politically biased.
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Poroshenko said that he was "convinced that the objectivity and impartiality of Dutch justice will complete this path".
Nauert said the US also welcomed a recent decision "to grant jurisdiction to the Dutch courts for the prosecution of those responsible for this tragedy".
The European Union foreign affairs chief, Federica Mogherini, called for worldwide co-operation in the hunt for the perpetrators.
John O'Brien said some responsibility must lie with Ukraine for not closing its air space during conflict and with Malaysian Airlines, which with many other airlines continued to fly over Ukraine.
On the third anniversary of the disaster, King Willem-Alexander, Queen Maxima and caretaker Prime Minister Mark Rutte unveiled the 25-metre-long monument in a park in the village of Vijfhuizen, near Amsterdam's Schiphol airport.
The victims' names has been engraved on a statue in the shape of an eye pointed skywards. Each tree has a plaque bearing the name of a victim.