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Remembrance Day and its present-day significance

November 07, 2019

With ageing Second World War veterans getting ready to take part in outdoor Remembrance Day ceremonies held at cenotaphs across the country, what relevance does this day hold for the younger generation of Canadian veterans and what does it symbolize in today’s Canada?

Veterans Affairs now serves more modern-day veterans than “war service” veterans, with younger vets expected to outnumber veterans from the Korean and Second World War 11 to one by 2021. The last Canadian veteran from the First World War died in 2010, and the current average age of a Second World War veteran in 93 years, and that of a Korean War veteran is 86 years.

Simon Fraser University’s James Horncastle is available to share his views on the present-day significance of Remembrance Day in Canada.

Please contact:

James Horncastle, Edward and Emily McWhinney professor in International Relations, Hellenic Studies, (Available Thursday only)

Shradhha Sharma, SFU Communications and Marketing, 778.782.3210,