George was a Roman soldier – in fact, he was one of Emperor Diocletian’s favorite soldiers. Diocletian was a pagan, and he hated Christians. He started killing any Christian he met…and he didn’t know that George was a Christian, too. George could have hidden his faith, but he didn’t. He marched right up to Diocletian and told him to stop being so unfair and cruel. Then he quit the army. This is why George is shown slaying a dragon in pictures – the dragon represents evil, and George was not afraid to stand up to evil.
Saint George’s courage and loyalty to Christ earned him the title of Patron of England. In the old days, today was a national holiday in England. So, celebrate with bangers and mash for dinner – sausages and mashed potatoes with onion gravy.