National Symbol of Wales LbNA # 45786
|Owner||Sunny Side Up|
|Placed Date||Mar 1 2009|
"Phoenician traders introduced the leek to Wales when they engaged in the tin trade in the British Isles--a casual act that would unexpectedly elevate this humble plant to national status. Legend has it that in 640 AD, the Briton King Cadwallader was sorely pressed by invading Saxons. To distinguish themselves from the enemy, the Welsh wore leeks in their hats--and subsequently gained a great victory over their enemies. Since that time, the Welsh have proudly eaten and worn the distinctive vegetable as a matter of national pride. Witness the tender scene in Shakespeare's Henry V when Fluellen turns to the victorious young King Hal:
"Your majesty says very true: if your majesties is remembered of it, the Welshmen did good service in a garden where leeks did grow, wearing leeks in their Monmouth caps; which, your majesty know, to this hour is an honourable badge of the service; and I do believe your majesty takes no scorn to wear the leek upon Saint Tavy's day." (Act IV, Scene 7)" - http://www.soupsong.com/fleek.html
Launched in honor of St. David's Day, the National Day in the country of Wales.
*****CLUES REVISED 3/3/09*****
Be dressed for a small distance of bushwhacking.
Park at the rest area two blocks down on James Street.
Start at the Wales Flag at Village Hall. Make your way east to Wales' wooden bridge. From there, head off in the direction of 76 degrees to the 4th utility pole. 17 steps further, on the south side of the path look for these landmarks: 3 trunk tree, sawed off stump about 3.5 feet high, and an arching tree perpendicular to the path. Near the base of the arching tree is a broken log with moss on it - this is where you will find the National Symbol of Wales.