A new poll suggests Canadians would like to see a national monument to soldiers who died in combat in modern times.
The study commissioned by Historica Canada a week before Remembrance Day found Canadians believe the commemoration should not just end after November 11th.
Three in four agree that Canada should build a memorial like the Vietnam Wall in Washington D.C. that lists the names of all military personnel who have died in combat in modern times (conflicts post-Korean War including Afghanistan).
Moreover, nearly nine in ten Canadians agree Canadians should be doing more to honour those who fought and those who have died in war.
With the country about to celebrate its 150th anniversary, many Canadians believe it’s important to remember and understand our history throughout the year. A majority (62%) of Canadians believe that Canadian students are not being taught enough about Canada’s efforts in wartime, with only four in ten (38%) believing that they are.
Most also appear to believe that learning extends beyond the classroom. Nine in ten Canadians agree that hearing veterans speak about their experiences is the best way for youth to understand conflict.
With Remembrance Day a week away one in four say they will attend an official Remembrance Day service, down from last year. One in three Millennials say they will attend, suggesting that the future for Remembrance in Canada is likely to remain strong.
Seven in ten say they will observe two minutes of silence at 11 o’clock while three in four will wear a poppy in the lead up to Remembrance Day.