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Ocracoke British Cemetery Ceremony for Friday has a weather watch

British Cemetery flag and crosses .  Photo by P. Vankevich

British Cemetery flag and crosses . Photo by P. Vankevich

The annual Ocracoke British Cemetery Ceremony will take place at 11 a.m Friday. If the weather is particularly bad, however, it will be moved to the Ocracoke School Gymnasium on School House Rd., according to Dick Jacoby, one of the community coordinators.

This annual ceremony pays tribute to the sailors of the HMS Bedfordshire that was torpedoed by German submarine U-558 off of Ocracoke.  Four bodies of the sailors that washed ashore are buried at the grave site.

This tribute is organized by the Friends of the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum, the Ocracoke community, the U.S. Coast Guard, Coast Guard Auxiliary 16-04, the National Park Service, the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, students of Ocracoke School, and the Ocracoke Boy Scout troop.

This is free and open to the public.  For more information, call the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum at 252 986-2995.

 

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