More and more Canadians are attending Remembrance Day ceremonies every year and it appears this coming Monday, Nov. 11, will be no different.
A new survey suggests that more than 41 per cent of Canadians plan to attend ceremonies honouring fallen service members on Monday.
That’s an increase of two per cent from last year and 14 per cent from 2016.
The online survey, conducted by Ipsos and commissioned by Historica Canada, also indicates that 88 per cent of Canadians believe it is important to attend such events while Second World War veterans are still alive.
“We’re aware now that even the youngest of those who served in World War ll–75, 76 years ago–are now in their mid-90s. The number of those who served, who used to be so common in every community, is really diminishing, ” Historica CEO Anthony Wilson-Smith told the Canadian Press news agency.
“The day is coming soon when they won’t be with us, and I think Canadians collectively feel that this is our time to say thank you.”
The online poll also found that 94 per cent of Canadians believe that hearing veterans speak about their experiences is the best way for young people to understand conflict, with some 80 per cent of Canadians saying they had heard a veteran tell their story.
With files from CP, CBC, Montreal Gazette