There was a POW camp in Virginia Beach in the 40s. A marker will now be placed near the site

Camp Ashby German POWs (Southside Daily Photo/courtesy of Sergeant Memorial Collection, Norfolk Public Library)
Camp Ashby German POWs (Southside Daily Photo/courtesy of Sergeant Memorial Collection, Norfolk Public Library)

VIRGINIA BEACH — The latest Virginia state highway marker here will provide information on Camp Ashby, which served from 1944 to 1946 as a prisoner of war camp.

The camp, which is in the Thalia area of Virginia Beach, housed more than 6,000 men during that period.

Some of the German troops held there were from Erwin Rommel’s African Korps, according to a news release from the city.

The marker will be placed along Virginia Beach Boulevard near the Camp Ashby site.

There will be marker dedication ceremony on Oct. 11 at 11 a.m. at 4216 Virginia Beach Blvd., Suite 155 in the Wayside Village Shoppes.

Del. Jason Miyares, Vice Mayor Jim Wood and local military historian Fielding Tyler are scheduled to speak.

The public is invited to attend.

The text for the marker was researched and developed by local historian Julie Spivey, who received a grant award from the Virginia Beach Historic Preservation Commission to pursue the marker application and to fund the marker, according to the news release.

The Virginia Board of Historic Resources approved the marker application at its June 2018 quarterly meeting.

The Camp Ashby POW Camp marker will be the 15th state highway marker placed in Virginia Beach. Virginia’s historical marker program is the oldest such program in the nation.

The Virginia Beach Historic Preservation Commission is a City Council-appointed body that advises Council on issues related to historic preservation.

The group seeks to preserve, protect and maintain the historic integrity of Virginia Beach and the former Princess Anne County through a program of advocacy and increased public awareness and involvement, according to the city.

The commission generally meets the first Wednesday evening of the month, except July and August, at 2101 Parks Ave., Suite 500.

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