The Maltese Cross

About the Song

This song was inspired by the symbol of The Maltese Cross and the story behind it. The Maltese Cross is a symbol of protection - a badge of honor. Its story is hundreds of years old. When a courageous band of Crusaders, known as the Knights of St. John, fought the Sarxens for the possession of the Holy Land, they encountered a new weapon unknown to European warriors, It was a simple, but horrible device of war; it wrought excruciating pain and agonizing death upon the brave fighters of the Cross. The Saracens' weapon was fire.

As the Crusaders advanced on the walls of the city, they were attacked by glass bombs containing naphtha. When they became saturated with the highly flammable liquid, the Saracens hurled a flaming tree into their midst. Hundreds of Knights were burned alive. Others risked their lives to save their brothers in arms from dying painful deaths. Thus, these men became the first fire fighters...and the first in a long line of courageous Firefighters. Their heroic efforts were recognized by fellow Crusaders who awarded each hero a badge of honor - a cross similar to the one Fire Fighters wear today. Since the Knights of St. John lived for centuries on a little island in the Mediterranean Sea, named Malta, the Cross became known as the Maltese Cross.

The Maltese Cross is a symbol of protection. It means that the Firefighter wearing it is willing to lay down his life, just as the Crusaders sacrificed their lives for their fellow men so many years ago.

The Maltese Cross is a Firefighter's Badge of Courage...a ladder-rung away from death.

The Maltese Cross Lyrics

Refrain:

It is a symbol of strength. It is a symbol of Faith.

The cross…that old Maltese Cross

Reminds those who wear it that all is never lost.

We remember those who have gone before us

Who've answered their Last Alarm.

Their courage and strength from the Cross

Reminds those who wear it that all is never lost….

 

Refrain

 

As we bow our heads and pray

For firefighters here and past

Give us the strength of that rugged Maltese Cross

And remind those who wear it that all is never lost.

Instrumental

We remember those who have gone before us

Who've answered their Last Alarm.

Give us the strength of That Rugged Maltese Cross

And remind those who wear it that all is never lost…

Refrain

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