Opinion: Missing plane should not be forgotten

By Olivia Covington

We’ve just passed the one-year mark of the disappearance of Malaysian Airlines Flight 370, but that anniversary passed by without much acknowledgement.

Ever since the plane seemingly disappeared into thin air last March, the world has been fascinated with how a plane could go missing. The multiple-month search for the remains of either the plane or its passengers turned up virtually nothing, and soon the news appeal of the missing plane faded.

But the memory of that day has not faded from the minds of those whose family members were aboard that flight. Parents who lost children, husbands who lost wives, children who lost moms and dads; the sting of that mysterious day is still fresh in the minds of those most closely affected.

But much of the world is starting to forget.

It’s natural. When we don’t hear about something often, it falls into the recesses of our minds. But even if we don’t think about those missing people all the time, we cannot forget them completely.

If we stop talking about MH370, it’s as if we’re giving up on the families still waiting on word about their loved ones. When we stop caring about that plane, we’re essentially saying, “Sorry for your loss, but it’s time for you to move on now.”

Although we cannot possibly comprehend the pain those people must be going through, we have to show them that they have worldwide support. The disappearance of Flight 370 was a world tragedy, and we should not dismiss it so easily.

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Ashley Shuler is the executive editor of The Franklin. She has held various multimedia journalism and public relations internships, including positions at Indianapolis Monthly, The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis and Dittoe Public Relations.

When she isn’t staying up late to edit stories, Ashley spends her time boutique shopping and drinking as much vanilla Coke as possible.

This is Ashley’s third year in a leadership role and her fourth year on The Franklin staff. She previously held positions as web editor and news editor.

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