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Freedom, fortitude and sacrifice: CMSAF commemorates fallen

From right, Air Force Sergeant's Association International President retired Chief Master Sgt. Daniel Yeomans, Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James A. Cody and Air Force Association President retired Gen. Craig McKinley lay a Memorial Day wreath during a ceremony held at the May 26, 2014, Air Force Memorial, Arlington, Va. Cody provided the keynote speech remarking that for him on Memorial Day is a day to remember the freedom that we all share because of the fortitude shown by of our fallen comrades in fighting and standing their ground. (U.S. Air Force photo/Jim Varhegyi)

From right, Air Force Sergeant's Association International President retired Chief Master Sgt. Daniel Yeomans, Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James A. Cody and Air Force Association President retired Gen. Craig McKinley lay a Memorial Day wreath during a ceremony held May 26, 2014, at the Air Force Memorial in Arlington, Va. Cody provided the keynote speech, remarking that for him Memorial Day is a day to remember the freedom that we all share because of the fortitude shown by of our fallen comrades in fighting and standing their ground. (U.S. Air Force photo/Jim Varhegyi)

From right, Air Force Sergeant's Association International President retired Chief Master Sgt. Daniel Yeomans, Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James A. Cody and Air Force Association President retired Gen. Craig McKinley lay a Memorial Day wreath during a ceremony held at the Air Force Memorial,  May 26, 2014, in Arlington, Va. Cody provided the keynote speech remarking that for him, on Memorial Day, the three spires of the memorial stood for freedom, fortitude and our fallen. Cody then told the crowd that today, and everyday, our fallen are with us in our stories and our memories, and they give us cause to wave our flags. (U.S. Air Force photo/Jim Varhegyi)

From right, Air Force Sergeant's Association International President retired Chief Master Sgt. Daniel Yeomans, Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James A. Cody and Air Force Association President retired Gen. Craig McKinley lay a Memorial Day wreath during a ceremony held May 26, 2014, at the Air Force Memorial in Arlington, Va. Cody provided the keynote speech, remarking that for him, on Memorial Day, the three spires of the memorial stood for freedom, fortitude and our fallen. Cody then told the crowd that today, and everyday, our fallen are with us in our stories and our memories, and they give us cause to wave our flags. (U.S. Air Force photo/Jim Varhegyi)

Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James A. Cody provided the keynote speech during a Memorial Day wreath-laying ceremony held at the Air Force Memorial, May 26, 2014, at Arlington, Va. Cody remarked that for him, on Memorial Day, the three spires of the memorial stood for freedom, fortitude and our fallen. He went on to say that today is a day to remember the freedom that we all share because of the fortitude shown by of our fallen comrades in fighting and standing their ground. (U.S. Air Force photo/Jim Varhegyi)

Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James A. Cody provided the keynote speech during a Memorial Day wreath-laying ceremony held May 26, 2014, at the Air Force Memorial at Arlington, Va. Cody remarked that for him, on Memorial Day, the three spires of the memorial stood for freedom, fortitude and our fallen. He went on to say that today is a day to remember the freedom that we all share because of the fortitude shown by of our fallen comrades in fighting and standing their ground. (U.S. Air Force photo/Jim Varhegyi)

Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James A. Cody holds his keynote speech during a Memorial Day wreath-laying ceremony May 26, 2014, at the Air Force Memorial, Arlington, Va. Cody remarked that on Memorial Day the three spires of the memorial remind him of the trifecta of freedom, fortitude and our fallen. Cody said that we all enjoy freedom because of the fortitude shown by of our fallen comrades in fighting and standing their ground. (U.S. Air Force photo/Jim Varhegyi)

Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James A. Cody holds his keynote speech during a Memorial Day wreath-laying ceremony May 26, 2014, at the Air Force Memorial, Arlington, Va. Cody remarked that on Memorial Day the three spires of the memorial remind him of the trifecta of freedom, fortitude and our fallen. Cody said that we all enjoy freedom because of the fortitude shown by of our fallen comrades in fighting and standing their ground. (U.S. Air Force photo/Jim Varhegyi)

Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James A. Cody provides his keynote speech during a Memorial Day wreath-laying ceremony held May 26, 2014, at the Air Force Memorial in Arlington, Va. Cody remarked that for him on Memorial Day the three spires of the memorial stood for freedom, fortitude and our fallen -- who are still with us in our stories and our memories, and give us cause to wave our flags. (U.S. Air Force photo/Jim Varhegyi)

Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James A. Cody provides his keynote speech during a Memorial Day wreath-laying ceremony held May 26, 2014, at the Air Force Memorial in Arlington, Va. Cody remarked that for him on Memorial Day the three spires of the memorial stood for freedom, fortitude and our fallen -- who are still with us in our stories and our memories, and give us cause to wave our flags. (U.S. Air Force photo/Jim Varhegyi)

Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James A. Cody speaks during a Memorial Day wreath-laying ceremony held May 26, 2014, at the Air Force Memorial, Arlington, Va. Cody remarked that for him on Memorial Day the three spires of the memorial stood for freedom, fortitude and our fallen -- whose sacrifices give us cause to wave our flags today and in the future. (U.S. Air Force photo/Jim Varhegyi)

Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James A. Cody speaks during a Memorial Day wreath-laying ceremony held May 26, 2014, at the Air Force Memorial, Arlington, Va. Cody remarked that for him on Memorial Day the three spires of the memorial stood for freedom, fortitude and our fallen -- whose sacrifices give us cause to wave our flags today and in the future. (U.S. Air Force photo/Jim Varhegyi)

Young volunteers representing the East Coast Chapter of the Tuskegee Airmen Inc. participated in a Memorial Day wreath-laying ceremony held at the Air Force Memorial, May 26, 2014, Arlington, Va. Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James A. Cody provided the keynote speech remarking that  Memorial Day is a day to remember the freedom that we all share because of the fortitude shown by of our fallen service members in fighting and standing their ground. (U.S. Air Force photo/Jim Varhegyi)

Young volunteers representing the East Coast Chapter of the Tuskegee Airmen Inc. participated in a Memorial Day wreath-laying ceremony held May 26, 2014, at the Air Force Memorial in Arlington, Va. Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James A. Cody provided the keynote speech remarking that Memorial Day is a day to remember the freedom that we all share because of the fortitude shown by of our fallen service members in fighting and standing their ground. (U.S. Air Force photo/Jim Varhegyi)

Young volunteers representing the East Coast Chapter of the Tuskegee Airmen Inc. participated in a Memorial Day wreath-laying ceremony held at the Air Force Memorial, May 26, 2014, in Arlington, Va. Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James A. Cody provided the keynote speech remarking that for him, on Memorial Day, the three spires of the memorial stood for freedom, fortitude and our fallen. He went on to say that today is a day to remember the freedom that we all share because of the fortitude shown by of our fallen comrades in fighting and standing their ground. Cody then told the crowd that today, and everyday, our fallen are with us in our stories and our memories, and they give us cause to wave our flags. (U.S. Air Force photo/Jim Varhegyi)

Young volunteers representing the East Coast Chapter of the Tuskegee Airmen Inc. participated in a Memorial Day wreath-laying ceremony held May 26, 2014, at the Air Force Memorial, in Arlington, Va. Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James A. Cody provided the keynote speech remarking that for him, on Memorial Day, the three spires of the memorial stood for freedom, fortitude and our fallen. He went on to say that today is a day to remember the freedom that we all share because of the fortitude shown by of our fallen comrades in fighting and standing their ground. Cody then told the crowd that today, and everyday, our fallen are with us in our stories and our memories, and they give us cause to wave our flags. (U.S. Air Force photo/Jim Varhegyi)

Capt. Jerry Yellin, a World War II P-51 pilot and the national spokeman for the Spirit of 45 Organization renders honors during a Memorial Day wreath-laying ceremony May 26, 2014, at the Air Force Memorial, Arlington, Va. During his keynote address, Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James A. Cody urged audience members to remember the fortitude shown by the nation's fallen in fighting and standing their ground. (U.S. Air Force photo/Jim Varhegyi)

Capt. Jerry Yellin, a World War II P-51 pilot and the national spokeman for the Spirit of 45 Organization renders honors during a Memorial Day wreath-laying ceremony May 26, 2014, at the Air Force Memorial, Arlington, Va. During his keynote address, Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James A. Cody urged audience members to remember the fortitude shown by the nation's fallen in fighting and standing their ground. (U.S. Air Force photo/Jim Varhegyi)

WASHINGTON (AFNS) -- Air Force senior leaders and members of the Air Force Association and Air Force Sergeants Association gathered for a Memorial Day service and wreath laying ceremony May 26, 2014, at the Air Force Memorial in Arlington, Va.

During his keynote address, Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James A. Cody said that on Memorial Day, for him, the three spires of the memorial stood for freedom, fortitude and our fallen.

He went on to explain that Memorial Day serves a reminder that the freedom we all share was won by fortitude shown by our fallen service members in fighting and standing their ground.

"Today, and everyday, our fallen are with us in our stories and our memories, and they give us cause to wave our flags," Cody said.

Young volunteers representing the East Coast Chapter of the Tuskegee Airmen Inc. participated in the ceremony and displayed old portraits of select World War II veterans in a tribute to their service and sacrifice.

Also in attendance were the Air Force Sergeant's Association International President retired Chief Master Sgt. Daniel Yeomans and Air Force Association President retired Gen. Craig McKinley, who joined Cody in the ceremonial wreath laying.

(Information courtesy of Air Force News Service)

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