British Cemetery, Ocracoke

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  • Four British sailors are interred here after their ship was torpedoed during WW2. They were protecting the Carolina coast when attacked.  more »
  • Nice walk-to location to spend a few minutes in the history of the island. Some srones are hard to see as you cankot actually enter, but the British Sailors' graves are well marked and cared for  more »
  • Very beautiful cemetery..Peaceful
  • Every year on May 12, the anniversary of the HMS Bedfordshire's sinking, members of the US Coast Guard, the National Park Service, and the British Royal Navy honor the men buried at this cemetery. Visitors and locals alike are welcome to witness the ceremony, and many do, standing quietly by and honoring the fallen heroes. During the memorial, current servicemen place wreathes along each of the graves, while island locals read aloud the names of the dead that had fallen during the deadly reign of the Torpedo Junction. To close the ceremony, the sailors are honored with a quiet playing of "Taps," followed by a 21-gun salute. Great for history buffs

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