Millennials more likely to attend Remembrance Day ceremonies: poll
St. Matthew Catholic School student Sophia Castill along with others from Calgary schools placed poppies on more than 4,500 veterans' headstones in a remembrance ceremony in Calgary on Monday, Nov. 6, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
Michelle McQuigge , The Canadian Press
Published Tuesday, November 7, 2017 10:19AM EST
A new survey suggests millennials are leading a gradual resurgence of interest when it comes to attending Remembrance Day ceremonies.
The poll conducted by Ipsos on behalf of Historica Canada found that 29 per cent of respondents plan to attend a ceremony to honour fallen soldiers on Nov. 11, up three per cent from last year and marking a return to recent highs established in 2015.
But the online survey suggests Canadians between 18 and 34 are the ones most likely to pay their respects in person.
The poll found 37 per cent of millennial respondents planned to attend a ceremony, well ahead of the 29 per cent of baby boomers over age 55 who were surveyed.
Just 23 per cent of survey participants aged between 35 and 54, classed as members of generation X, expressed an intention of going to an official ceremony.
Historica Canada says the surge in interest in attending Remembrance Day ceremonies may be the result of increased efforts to share veterans' stories in schools and other public spaces, exposing younger generations to real-life accounts of time in combat.