A poll commissioned by Historica Canada suggests that there are significantly higher numbers of Canadians who will be observing Remembrance Day by attending a ceremony this year.
Historica Canada, the same organization that is responsible for making Heritage Minute videos, concluded that there is a 10 percent increase in the number of respondents who plan to attend a ceremony this year as compared to 2017.
One thousand Canadians polled
The online poll (PDF) was conducted by Ipsos and had 1002 respondents nationwide.
Historica Canada said that the poll they commissioned happened between October 25th and October 29th; not too long before Remembrance Day.
The Marketing Research and Intelligence Association say that online surveys cannot be assigned a margin error because they are not a random sample, and therefore not entirely representative of the entire population.
Findings suggest attendance is up among Millennials
The poll’s most positive finding was that 39% of Canadians plan to attend a Remembrance Day ceremony as compared to only 29% in 2017.
Millennials have surprised, and account for great optimism, with 37 percent of those 18- to 34-year-olds polled planning to attend.
In comparison, those between the ages of 35 and 55 and 55 and older at 23 percent and 29 percent respectively, per the Historica Canada website.
Lately, poppy wearing has become a topic of much debate amongst the youth, with Historica Canada’s findings reflecting the recent trend.
The poll found that while 88 percent of Baby Boomers and 72 percent of Gen X’ers plan to wear a poppy, only 70 percent of Millennials plan to wear one.
Millennials (18-34) are more likely to say youth understand the sacrifices of those who fought and died in war and conflict at 60%, compared to 43% over all age groups.
With regards to June’s commemoration of the famous Second World War battle, D-Day, only 28 percent say they will attend a commemorative event.
Important for Canadian patriotism
This demonstration of appreciation and patriotism transcends numbers and is important for the country.
Despite having a population from a wide range of backgrounds, the unity knitted by national events such as Remembrance Day is important in embodying a wider Canadian identity.
Remembrance Day is an opportunity to reflect about the countless sacrifices those in uniforms made and continue to make for our country.