The holy, glorious and right-victorious Great-martyr and Trophy-bearer George was a Christian Roman soldier killed under Diocletian at the beginning of the fourth century. An early saint and martyr, St. George has a universal appeal. While widely venerated across the world by Orthodox and non-Orthodox alike, many Palestinian Christians and Orthodox Christians serving in the armed forces have a particular devotion to St. George; the icon of St. George slaying a dragon embodies the ideals of spiritual strength, bravery, martial valor and selflessness. St. George is the patron saint of Moscow, Georgia, and England, amongst other places. The Church commemorates George on April 23, and the translation of his relics on November 3.