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The Order of St. George

Those of you who visit AKO doubtless saw this earlier today, but I thought it deserved a post here as well.

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Lt. Col. Edward Bohnemann, commander of the 2nd Battalion, 7th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division performs the traditional knighting for Sgt. 1st Class Byron Grier during his induction into the Order of St. George at Fort Hood's Iron Horse Gymnasium, July 22. Grier was one of three senior noncommissioned officers at the ceremony to receive the award, which is granted to armor and cavalry leaders for their dedication to duty and leadership. (Photo by U.S. Army)

St. George was a Roman soldier, and became the patron saint of cavalrymen because he is thought to have been one himself.  For the same reason, he is the patron saint of very many orders of knighthood throughout the West.  He rose to the rank of Tribune, but was martyred because of his Christian faith. 

He is the same St. George who is said to have slain a dragon.  I recall Greyhawk saying in a letter to his children explaining his deployment away from them that, if they did not believe in dragons, he must have read them the wrong books when they were smaller.  Here is one of the right ones.  The story is doubtless a legend:  but we can learn a lot from legends.

Congratulations to the new members of the Order.

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