Celebrating St. Barbara in Baghdad
November 28, 2007
CAMP VICTORY, Iraq - The 1st Cavalry Division and the 138th Fires Brigade, Kentucky Army National Guard, conducted a traditional Saint Barbara's induction ceremony at the Al-Faw Palace here, Nov. 23.
More than 130 Soldiers and guests attended the ceremony, a traditional among artillerymen, where 21 new members were inducted into the Order of St. Barbara. The effects coordinator for Multi-National Corps -Iraq, Brig. Gen. Mark McDonald, was the guest speaker.
"We're fighting a Global War on Terror," said McDonald. "Terrorists want to change the way we live. They don't want your family to live free. Your efforts here are helping to keep our country free and families safe."
Two fallen Soldiers, Pvt. Sammie Phillips and Staff Sgt. Delmar White, were posthumously inducted into the order and recognized for their performance and commitment.
Due to Saint Barbara's tie with lightning, she has been invoked for protection against the dangers of lightning and fire, and by association, she became the patron saint of artillerymen.