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Flag of Malta

The national flag of Malta consists of two equal vertical bands of white (hoist side) and red with a

representation of the George Cross, edged in red, in the upper hoist-side corner. The colors of the flag of Malta may trace back to the red and white checkered banner of Count Roger of Sicily who is believed to have tore down a bi-colored corner of his flag and presented it to Malta in 1091. In 1942, King George VI of the UK awarded the George Cross to the islanders for their exceptional bravery and gallantry in World War II. The George Cross originally appeared on the unofficial flag of Malta placed on a blue canton. When Malta got its independence on 21 September 1964 the blue canton was removed and the George Cross was shown edged in red White stands for peace, light, love and optimism
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