Flag at the British Cemetery

Ocracoke’s strategic location along shipping routes made it important in both World Wars. This winter there was an interesting presentation by the US Park Service about the role of Ocracoke and Hatteras. More to the point about this photo, a bit of history via Wikipedia: “During World War II, German submarines sank several British ships including the HMT Bedfordshire, and the bodies of British sailors were washed ashore. They were buried in a cemetery on the island. A lease for the 2,290-square-foot plot, where a British flag flies at all times, was given to the Commonwealth War Graves Commission for as long as the land remained a cemetery, and the small site officially became a British cemetery. A memorial ceremony is held each year in May.”