St George's Day -- England
When St George was adopted as the Patron Saint of England his emblem became the national flag.

" I see you Stand like greyhounds in the slips, Straining upon the Start. The game's afoot: Follow your spirit; and, upon this charge Cry "God for Harry! England and Saint George!"

Shakespeare, Henry V (1599) act 3, sc. 1, l. 31


St George is the patron saint of England so, in a sense, this is England's national day. But few people mark it. The most significant event is the publication of a new set of stamps by the Post Office bearing heraldic emblems such as the Tudor rose.

Little is known about St George, but it is believed he was a high-ranking soldier in the Roman army put to death by the emperor Diocletian for protesting against the persecution of Christians.

Then in 1415, England ditched St Edward the Confessor for a new patron saint. (The year of Agincourt made April 23 a national feast day.)

George was seen as a defender of the Christian faith. Plus the fact that he had acquired a reputation for slaying dragons and giving his reward money to the poor did not damage his popularity.

He is also the patron saint of Portugal Germany Lithuania soldiers and - less obviously - skin diseases and syphilis.

Some want to bring it back as a national holiday, to revive English cultures and traditions like the following below:

"Some may be familiar with the story of St George, the Christian soldier saint whose deeds inspired the crusading Kings of England. His emblem, a red cross on a white background, was adopted by Richard The Lion heart and brought to England in the 12th century. The king's own soldiers wore it on their tunics and then, to avoid confusion in battle, Richard II extended its use throughout his army, replacing the various emblems worn by the soldiers of his noblemen.

Let us, the people of England, be reminded through the heroic deeds and actions of our patron Saint George, that we still stand as one of the greatest nations on earth. Our heritage spans many centuries and our longevity is a tribute to the fortitude and determination of our people.

St George's Day should serve as a reminder that we can remain strong and loyal to our heritage and should, for the sake of our children and our children's children. It should also remind us that for their sake, we must also look ahead to the future. They deserve the best future that we can provide.

We can link the past with the future and not lose touch with our sense of self. St George's Day should spark that spirit so that we can continue to stand proud and loyal to our beloved England.

Let us celebrate both our past and our future; let us celebrate St George's Day."

Well ... I'm convinced. So ...

Happy St George's Day
Tom Baker and fellow countrymen!




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