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Arcadia in DeSoto County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

The British Plot

Oak Ridge Cemetery

 
 
The British Plot Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tim Fillmon, July 19, 2017
1. The British Plot Marker
Inscription. Buried herein are twenty-three Royal Air Force Cadets who died while in training at U.S. flying training fields in South Florida during W.W.II.
 
Erected 1968 by The Rotary Club of Arcadia, Florida.
 
Location. 27° 13.566′ N, 81° 52.228′ W. Marker is in Arcadia, Florida, in DeSoto County. Marker can be reached from Levines Street west of North Johnson Avenue. Touch for map. Oak Ridge Cemetery access is on Levines Street. Marker is in this post office area: Arcadia FL 34266, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 7 other markers are within 12 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Arcadia Oak Ridge Cemetery (here, next to this marker); Florida Baptist Orphanage (approx. 0.7 miles away); Arcadia City Hall (approx. 0.8 miles away); Arcadia Historic District (approx. one mile away); DeSoto County (approx. 1.1 miles away); Owens Community School (approx. 5 miles away); Fort Ogden (approx. 11.2 miles away).
 
Also see . . .
1. Oak Ridge Cemetery. (Submitted on December 1, 2017, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida.)
2. Union Jack Marks the Spot Where 23 Royal Air Force Cadets Lie...(LAT, May 24, 1987). Longstanding British tradition stated that British soldiers were to be buried where they fell.
The British Plot Marker and plot image. Click for full size.
By Tim Fillmon, July 19, 2017
2. The British Plot Marker and plot
In the United States, there are 952 identified British graves at 448 sites, according to the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. Arcadia's Oak Ridge Cemetery, with the 23 British graves nestled among the burial sites of local residents, contains one of the largest congregations of British war dead....But it is the manner in which the townsfolk of Arcadia, 90 miles southeast of Tampa, have opened their hearts to the fallen cadets that sets this place apart....Starting in 1956--and every year since--Arcadia has held a Memorial Day service at the cemetery for the British fliers, an exceptional touch since Britain does not celebrate America's Memorial Day and few residents remain with personal recollections of the cadets.
(Submitted on December 2, 2017.) 
 
Categories. Cemeteries & Burial SitesWar, World II
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 2, 2017. This page originally submitted on November 30, 2017, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. This page has been viewed 78 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 30, 2017, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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