New Poll Shows Canadian First World War Legacy Building as More Young Canadians Engage in Commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge.
Two in three (65%) Canadians set to acknowledge the centenary.
The year 2017 marks the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge and the defining moment in Canadian history, when Canada first stepped forward onto the world stage. According to a new Ipsos poll conducted for the Vimy Foundation, younger Canadians (18-34) are more engaged in the commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge than other age groups. A quarter (26%) say they will talk with family and friends about the battle, compared to 14% overall, 31% will read more about the Battle of Vimy Ridge, compared to 24% overall, and 16% will wear a Vimy pin leading up to April 9, compared to 10% overall.
With commemorations taking place on April 9, the survey asks how Canadians are planning to mark this historic occasion. Two in three (65%) Canadians are planning to acknowledge the Vimy centenary.
Furthermore, this year brings an increase in knowledge of the battle among Canadians as nearly four in ten (37%) are correctly able to determine that 2017 marks the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge, up 9 points since April last year.
When presented with a photo of the Canadian National Vimy Memorial in France, two in ten (19%) Canadians correctly identify the monument as memorializing Vimy Ridge. Although this number is still low overall, encouragingly, it is up 7 points since last year.
Canada will be commemorating several major historical events in the near future and has marked others in the recent past. The survey asks Canadians how important they consider each of them to be. Three in four (75%) Canadians say the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge is important.