More Cana­di­ans likely to at­tend Re­mem­brance Day, sur­vey finds

Windsor Star - - CITY+REGION -

A new sur­vey sug­gests Cana­di­ans of all gen­er­a­tions are more likely to hon­our mil­i­tary vet­er­ans by at­tend­ing a Re­mem­brance Day cer­e­mony this year. A poll com­mis­sioned by His­tor­ica Canada, the or­ga­ni­za­tion be­hind the pop­u­lar Her­itage Min­utes videos, found a 10-per-cent spike in the num­ber of re­spon­dents who planned to take part in a cer­e­mony this year com­pared to 2017. The on­line poll, con­ducted by Ip­sos, found 39 per cent of those sur­veyed had firm plans to at­tend a cer­e­mony on Nov. 11 com­pared to 29 per cent the year be­fore. The sur­vey found plans were rel­a­tively con­sis­tent across de­mo­graph­ics, with mil­len­nial re­spon­dents ex­press­ing the most con­sis­tent en­thu­si­asm for at­tend­ing Re­mem­brance Day events. It found 41 per cent of 18- to 34-yearolds polled planned to at­tend, com­pared to 40 per cent of re­spon­dents over 55 and 38 per cent of par­tic­i­pants be­tween 35 and 54. His­tor­ica CEO An­thony Wil­son-Smith called the find­ings around mil­len­ni­als grat­i­fy­ing.

“We are now at a point where we have to con­tem­plate that the day will come when there aren’t any more World War Two vet­er­ans,” Wil­son- Smith said in a tele­phone in­ter­view. “That leaves you to won­der if, when ev­ery­one is gone, will peo­ple still be able to grasp the sig­nif­i­cance of war, of sac­ri­fice, of the causes that drove peo­ple to war, and the out­comes. The an­swer would ap­pear to be yes.”

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