23rd April 2014

The brave Turkish man who became St George.

<p>We are proud to be a British manufacture and based in Colchester, Essex we are proud of our English roots, so today we celebrate St George’s Day. For so long St George’s Day has been over looked, not many parties or parades in the street like on St Patrick ‘s Day. Why are we so scared to celebrate St Georges Day and why are we so afraid to be proud of being English? This special country of ours has a huge diversity of nationalities that we welcome, so today I thought it would be interesting to look back in history and to the story of who St George was.</p><p>Born to Christian parents in A.D. 270 (3rd Century) in Cappadocia, now Eastern Turkey, he moved to Palestine with his Mother and became a Roman soldier. After rising through the ranks he later resigned his post and protested against his pagan leader, the Emperor Diocletian (245-313 AD), who led Rome’s persecution of Christians.</p><p>St George’s rebellion against the Emperor resulted in his imprisonment and even after they tortured him, he stayed true to his faith. This then angered the Diocletian and he had St George dragged through the streets of Nicomedia, Turkey, on the 23rd of April 303 AD and had him beheaded.</p><p>So how did this young man then become to be the patron saint of England?</p><p>As the Crusaders returned to England from foreign shores, they brought with them tales of St George and his reputation grew. In 1222 the Council of Oxford declared April 23rd to be St George’s Day.</p><p>In the 14th century English soldiers wore a sign of St George on their chest and on their backs, as the Saint was regarded as a special protector of the English. It was in the year 1415 AD that St. George became the patron saint of England when English Soldiers under Henry V won the battle of Agincourt.</p><p>So after reading this, my own thought is that we should be proud of this day which celebrates the life of a young man who fought for change, and fought for what he believed in until the day he died. St George has given us the foundation of what being English is all about, and surely this is why other counties around the world get excited about this little country of ours and for what we stand for? When those men returned from the crusade all those years they took the story of this young brave Turkish man in to their hearts, they didn’t worry that this person wasn’t the same nationality as them; they were just in awe and proud of who he was and how he lived his life.</p>

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