Sunday, April 23, 2006


Today 23 April, England celebrates St George’s Day. Churches and public buildings will fly the Red Cross flag of St. George, England’s patron Saint.

Legend has it that a town was being terrorised by a dragon who was eating all their sheep. The local people decided to placate this fearsome creature by sacrificing a beautiful maiden. When St. George heard of this he rushed to save her. He slayed the dragon and gave the young woman a red rose.

The red rose became England’s national flower and it will be worn today as a mark of loyalty and affection for our Mother Country.


Sigrun said...

Hi Marion, we are back and I have seen all your photos. Wonderful, and also the story from St. George!


abe/happy said...

Marion what a lovely tradition

Diana said...

Interesting reading about St. George. :-)

mrspao said...

I've not heard that story before. It's rather lovely.

PS Your package has left Kent :)

Sharon K said...

It sounds like a good day to celebrate and nothing better then a red rose to celebrate with. Thank you for sharing the story with us.

Sue said...

I always enjoy learning something new!
Thanks for sharing this with us.

Connie and Rob said...

I do know of St. George but I didn't know the story. Thanks so much for sharing.

Take care,