On Saturday, August 11, 2012, with the sun shining brightly and the Lake Superior waves gently rolling along the shoreline, Neys Provincial Park (near Marathon, ON) honoured a national historic event with the unveiling of a plaque.
Neys Camp 100 was one of 26 camps in Canada (1940-1947) to house POWs at the request of the British government, a significant contribution by Canada to the Allied war effort. The event is formally known as the Detention of Second World War Military Prisoners of War and Enemy Aliens sent to Canada from Great Britain.
In a formal ceremony, Parks Canada and the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada with Ontario Parks, revealed the commemorative plaque honouring the designation of this event and recognizing the significance of the POW history in the Neys area.
The ceremony was attended by Mrs. Lucy Spence, wife of the late Mr. Frank Spence who spearheaded the campaign for the monument, Mr. Paul Mengelberg, former POW at the nearby Angler Camp 101, now 96 years of age and living in Longlac, family, friends, park staff and visitors.
For additional information on this designation, visit www.parkscanada.ca. Click here to view a 5-minute video interview with Mr. Paul Mengelberg about his experiences as a prisoner of war at one of these detention camps.
The new commemorative plaque will be permanently installed next to the Neys Provincial Park visitor centre later this month.