The British Cemetery Ceremony commemorates the sinking of the H.M.T. Bedfordshire off the coast on May 11,1942. Four sailors from the Bedfordshire are buried on Ocracoke, in a small plot of land that is "forever England". Representatives from the U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Navy, British Royal Navy, and Canadian Royal Navy, as well as Ocracoke School students, participate in the annual ceremony, which includes a reading of the crew list, the playing of bagpipes, and a 21-gun salute. The event is open to all who wish to pay their respects, and brings family members and World War II historians from all over the world to honor these gravesites. This event 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, and the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.