Updated: June 4, 2009
The Maltese Cross
The Maltese Cross is a symbol of protection and a badge of honor. Its story is hundreds of years old.
The Knights of St. John, who risked their lives to save the lives of their brothers-in-arms from a painful and fiery death while battling the Saracens, became our first firemen. The first of a long list of courageous Firefighters. Their heroic efforts were recognized by fellow crusaders who awarded each a badge of honor… a cross similar to the one Firefighters wear today. It means that the firemen who wear this cross are willing to lay down their lives for you, just as the crusaders sacrificed their lives for their fellow man so many years ago. The Maltese Cross is a firefighter’s Badge of Honor, signifying that he/she works in courage, a ladder-rung away from death.
Last Alarm Foundation
Their voices may be silent, Their spirits echo forever.
Unity of the Rose and Black Maltese Cross
What greater tribute to departed Firefighters than to honor them with the National
The National Floral Emblem of the United States
On November 20, 1986, President Ronald Regan signed Proclamation 5574, naming the Rose as the “National Floral Emblem” of the United States of America. Americans have always loved flowers, with which God decorates our land. More often than any other flower, we hold the rose dear as the symbol of Life and Love and Devotion, of Beauty and Eternity. For the love of man and woman, for the love of mankind and God, for the love of country, Americans who would speak the language of the heart do so with a rose. We find roses throughout our art, music, and literature. We decorate our celebrations and parades with roses. Most of all, we present Roses to those we love, and we lavish them on our alters, our civil shrines, and the final resting places of our honored dead.