Happy Saint George’s Day! Here be dragons!
Saint George’s Day is the national day of England and the feast day of Saint George. Saint George was a soldier, and later an officer, in the Roman army. When the Emperor Diocletian issued an edict that all Christian soldiers in his army should be arrested and half of them executed as an offering to the Roman Gods, George objected and spoke up for his brothers of faith, thus securing his own execution and his veneration as a Christian martyr. Saint George is most famous for freeing the town of Silene in Libya by slaying the dragon that dwelt by the lake.
So, how do the English celebrate Saint George’s day? Largely by going about their normal business completely unaware of the relevance of the day. A poll by British Future found that only 40% of English people know the date of Saint George’s day, while 71% know the date of the US Independence Day, and 42% the date of Saint Patrick’s day. It also found that the English felt more patriotic towards the Union Flag than the Saint George’s Cross. By contrast the Welsh and Scottish were far more likely to show patriotism towards their flags – The Red Dragon and Saint Andrew’s Cross – than the Union Flag. What’s an Englishman to do? Quote Shakespeare of course:
The game’s afoot;
Follow your spirit: and upon this charge,
Cry — God for Harry! England and Saint George!
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A story of between 90 and 110 words starting with GEORGE and ending with DRAGON and incorporating the photo prompt.
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