Plaque Unveiling Commemorates 100th Anniversary of Canadian War Measures Act

On Friday August 22, 2014 at 11:00am, Mayor Cyr unveiled a plaque commemorating the 100th anniversary of the War Measures Act, the legislation that led to Canada’s first national internment operations. The plaque is affixed to the historic Drill Hall on George Street (Highway 97A). The Drill Hall was constructed in 1914 for the 172nd Battalion of the Rocky Mountain Rangers and C Squadron of BC Horse.

War Measures Plaque posted at the Drill Hall in Enderby BC by Mayor Cyr on August 22, 2014

The City of Enderby was 1 of 100 communities across Canada that participated in the simultaneous unveiling of a plaque to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the War Measures Act, the legislation that led to Canada’s first national internment operations.

The project – known as Project 100 due to the number of unveiled plaques – was first conceived by the Ukrainian Canadian Civil Liberties Union. Project leader Lubomyr Luciuk said of the project:

It’s about remembering what happened, because that sends a message to Canadians today that we have to stand on guard and be vigilant in defense of our civil liberties and human rights, particularly in periods of domestic and international crisis.Lubomyr Luciuk

More information can be found at www.internmentcanada.ca or contact Canadian First World War Internment at 1-866-288-7931.