Thursday, May 23, 2013

2013 Memorial Day Wreath Laying Ceremony

AFA & AFSA Host Memorial Day Ceremony at Air Force Memorial

The Air Force Association and the Air Force Sergeants Association invite the public to join their commemorative Memorial Day wreath laying ceremony at 9 a.m., Monday, May 27, 2013, at the Air Force Memorial.

Memorial Day recognizes and pays tribute to the many Airmen, soldiers, marines and sailors who have died in service to our great nation. This annual event serves as an opportunity to demonstrate our gratitude to the nation’s millions of veterans who have paid the ultimate price to ensure our freedom. Several wreaths will be placed at the Memorial on this day of remembrance in honor of the many generations of military heroes. On hand will be representatives from the “Keep the Spirit of 45’ Alive” program to include their National spokesman, Captain (Ret.) Jerry Yellin, and Memorial Day cards honoring our fallen heroes will be on display.

CMSAF James A. Cody will be the keynote speaker at the ceremony. The Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force represents the highest enlisted level of leadership, and as such, provides direction for the enlisted force and represents their interests, as appropriate, to the American public, and to those in all levels of government.

Planned activities include the national anthem, invocation, speeches, the laying of the wreaths and the sounding of Taps. All military, veterans and civilians are welcome and encouraged to attend. There will be an opportunity available for individuals and organizations to lay smaller wreaths and/or flowers in memory of their family, friends and organizational members. Call or e-mail the Air Force Memorial Office, 703.979.0674 or, with questions or for wreath ordering suggestions.

The Air Force Memorial is dedicated to the men and women of the United States Air Force and its heritage organizations. It symbolizes the national place of pride, reverence and remembrance located just outside the nation’s capital, in Arlington, Virginia. Directions can be found online

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