Quebecers importance D-Day

Quebecers need a lesson on the significance of D-Day

On this 80th anniversary of the battle of Normandy, over 50% of Quebecers say they’re unfamiliar with the event.

A new study by Léger has assessed Canadians’ perceptions regarding the 80th anniversary commemoration of D-Day.

The study found that Quebecers (49%) were the least likely in Canada to be familiar with the event, which took place 80 years ago today on June 6, 1944.

“D-Day was the Allied invasion of Normandy during World War II, marking the start of the liberation of Nazi-occupied Europe, with significant contributions from Canadian forces.”

The National WWII Museum calls the Normandy invasion “one of the great turning points of the 20th-century,” while the Imperial War Museums refers to D-Day as “the largest amphibious invasion in the history of warfare.”

Residents of Saskatchewan and Manitoba (74%) and the Atlantic provinces (72%) were the most likely in Canada to be aware of D-Day. There is also a significant lack of awareness of the day’s significance among women (53%) and among Canadians under the age of 55.

Overall, 63% of Canadians say they are familiar with D-Day and the battle of Normandy.

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Quebecers need a lesson on the significance of D-Day

The Léger web survey was conducted from May 31 to June 2, 2024, with 1,529 Canadians, 18 years of age or older, randomly recruited from LEO’s online panel.

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