August 23, 2014 9:56 am

WATCH: Vernon’s internment history remembered

VERNON – A tragic era in Canadian and Okanagan history was back in the spotlight Friday.

During the First World War, thousands were labeled ‘enemy aliens’ and held in internment camps in Vernon and elsewhere across the country.

Friday that controversial chapter was commemorated as a hundred plaques were unveiled across Canada.

At a somber ceremony in downtown Vernon, Andrea Malysh with the Canadian First World War Internment Recognition Fund addressed the crowd.

“The War Measures Act was implemented 100 years ago today and its effects have had a crippling legacy. They were not interned because of any wrongdoings, but because of who they were,” said Malysh.

The internment camp in Vernon ran from 1914 to 1920.

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