I suppose there are lots of people who have never seen the Milky Way. Growing up in the country I was used to being able to see the sky and the stars. I remember my father showing me where the Big Dipper, Little Dipper and the North Star were and the Milky Way of course. There weren't a lot of lights around to interfere. Moonlight was wonderful in the forest around our house, I was never afraid of the dark.
Best of all I've seen the Northern Lights a few times in my life, a couple of times faintly when I was a child. It was always a big event, everyone come outside and look. Although I grew up in the country, it was close to a big city, and got more and more built up as the years passed. Doubt if you can even see many stars there now.
The most dramatic Aurora Borealis I ever saw was in Manitoba in October. I was sent out there for my job back in the 80's. It's a very awe inspiring thing to stand outside at night in the mystery of the dark, to look up and see this eerie shimmering dance across the sky. Manitoba is so flat, the sky was huge and the lights rose high above. A rare memory.
Here in the city I still watch for the moon, catch a glimpse of the odd star. I try to remember to look up.