War Memorials and Commemoration Events

We asked some young people to take part in a questionnaire about war memorials and commemoration events. These are some of the results listed here

Question

What do you think about War Memorials and Commemoration events?

  • They are needed to commemorate the war
  • They are a good thing to do
  • They are respectful
  • I think its good to remember those who died but more should be done to stop war
  • They are good for remembering people
  • They should be maintained
  • They raise awareness
  • They are important to remember the mistakes and the loss
  • They are worth going to show respect
  • It is important to remember the soldiers
  • They are important
  • I find them very thoughtful and sombre
  • When it’s Remembrance Day you can think about them
  • Important
  • They are very special
  • They are good and respect those who fell for us
  • They look nice
  • Respectful
  • It’s a special time
  • To pay respects to people who died in war
  • Very important and should be recognised more
  • They are very respectful
  • It’s a good thing
  • Good
  • They are a place where graves are to remember them
  • They are a good way to remember
  • A good way of remembering
  • They are great
  • They should be maintained
  • Sad but a necessary reminder
  • Very respectful
  • Poignant and important to mark
  • Worthwhile

Question

Do You think all young people feel the same way and can you give any reasons why?

  • Most do, a lot have army relatives
  • No some don’t feel the connection or respect
  • Most, a lot of new knowledge
  • I don’t know if everyone commemorates
  • Yes, some more than others- perhaps family members died
  • Some
  • No
  • Some are uneducated
  • No some people don’t care
  • Some don’t care
  • Some don’t care at all
  • A lot don’t care about it
  • Yes
  • No because some people don’t think about it No they don’t see it
  • No, they think it’s nothing related to them, our generation never experienced anything like it
  • No
  • Most are respectful, they have a basic understanding of it
  • Maybe
  • No because some feel differently and have different opinions
  • Just now they do
  • Yes but don’t say
  • No, some don’t take into consideration what happened
  • No, some don’t understand
  • No they don’t take the silence seriously
  • No they don’t know enough about war.
  • No because some might not know about their history
  • No they are too busy playing with technology
  • No some people just don’t care
  • No because some people are very disrespectful
  • No because the media promotes war as a good thing and that fighting is something to be proud of
  • No respect
  • No because the youth of today are ignorant
  • 100 per cent know where their local memorial is
  • 98 per cent do not know who built it, designed it or paid for it, two said the community or local people. Of the conflict and that it is the centenary.
  • 20 per cent knew that the last veteran Harry Patch ‘the last Tommy’ had died in 2009
  • Roughly 70 per cent don’t know if they had relatives in WW1
  • One has a relative who got an MBE for designing something for a plane.
  • 80 percent are aware that they can trace information through websites, records office and ancestry sites