From: My Mother, although my Father had some small part.
Crusader Knights in the Middle East Desert War? I thought that had happened.
The association of St. George’s name with the exploits of mounted warriors extends through the Crusades. In 1098, St. George was credited with a mystical appearance and a resulting victory of the crusaders over the Saracens. His fame continued to spread through the ages.
One of the oldest and most noble of knightly orders, the Order of the Garter, was founded in England in the 14th Century to honor St. George. Its members were chosen by the king and had to be of “gentle birth, courageous and free from all reproach.” Annual ceremonies are conducted in St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle on 23 April, St. George’s Day, and the knighting ceremony contains the phrase: “By the Grace of God and St. George.”
More than 50 years ago, in 1937, Pope Pious IX declared St. George as the protector of the Italian Cavalry. St. George’s colors are red and white, and it is no coincidence that the colors of the United States Cavalry are the same.
Today, St. George still abides as the patron of mounted warriors throughout the world. The Italian Armor Force celebrates St. George’s Day with battalion ceremonies. Several years ago, the French Armor Force also adopted St. George as its patron. He is a common thread among the Armor and Cavalry forces of most of the NATO nations. His memory lives on today in the spirit of the armored knight who helps soldiers in need, who is the epitome of selfless service, and who is the archetypal mounted warrior.
Seek peace but keep your gun handy.
I'm not a complete idiot, some parts are missing!
“Illegitemus non carborundum est (“Don’t let the bastards grind you down”).”
― Julia Child