April 23rd is St George’s Day in England, the day we celebrate our national Patron Saint. This is the Saint George from the legend of George and the Dragon and his pennant was adopted by the English as our national flag. He was a Christian Martyr and a soldier of the Roman Empire, who by birth was from Anatolia or what is now modern day Turkey.
Sadly there isn’t any kind of Public Holiday to recognize our national day and much like here, St Patrick’s Day is more celebrated than our own day! But now there is a major campaign afoot back home to change this and get St George the same kind of acclaim and celebrations seen for St Patrick.
About time I say; as at the moment the only time you see this flag flown everywhere, is for the big sporting events that cause national fervour and passion across the country. Although the city of Salisbury in England has an annual St George’s Day Pageant, which originates from the thirteenth century.
So today I am flying my white and red flag of St George’s Cross on our flagpole, the origin of which came from the plain white tunics worn by the early crusaders.
I really don’t think that many people around here realize what it is, as the Union Jack is more associated with the UK. But I don’t care, I’m English and this is our flag and I am proud to fly it and remember my home country today.
In celebration I will drink my bottle of Lucozade (as the alcohol is still banned due to med’s) and later I will eat something English from my stash of goodies!