The Bedford International Alliance (BIA) celebrated St. George’s Day on April 21, honoring the national day of its English allies, keeping in mind especially those in the area of Ivvbridge, England, where the Bedford Boys are are trained before D-Day.
For the celebration, 60 BIA members gathered for dinner and a program in the Great Hall of Clam Diggers St. George’s Day Restaurant in downtown Bedford. After an hour social, Social Chairman Jim Caskie welcomed the group and provided some history on St. George.
St. George may have been a Roman military officer living in the eastern Mediterranean region around AD 300 who was executed for refusing to renounce his Christian faith or opposing the persecution of Christians. He was later associated with the legend of slaying dragons and recognized during the 1300s as the patron saint of England. Many British First World War memorials depict St. George slaying a dragon, and in 1940 King George VI began awarding servicemen and civilians the George Cross for acts of the greatest heroism or bravery. most noticeable in circumstances of extreme danger and not in the presence of the enemy.
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