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A variation of the Maltese Cross is used throughout the Fire Service in the United States as a symbol of Honor, Courage, and Dedication.
Modern firemen have been associated with a special group of Knights who served in a Jerusalem hospital, and became known as the Order of Knights Hospitaller—later called the Knights of St. John. At one time they helped defend the walls of Jerusalem again an fire bomb attack by the Saracens and later were recognized for their bravery during the epic battle located on the Island of Malta. As a result of their valiant efforts, the Island of Malta was given to them. The symbol on their flag, the eight-point cross, became known as the Maltese Cross often associated with the eight beautitudes in the "Sermon on the Mount".
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