More Canadians likely to attend Remembrance Day, survey finds
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.”