Presidents and dignitaries gathered in Washington on Wednesday to remember Madeleine Albright

the first woman to serve as US secretary of state

while drawing upon her life’s work to warn of the increasing precariousness of freedom and democracy.

Family members and colleagues of Albright shared loving and affectionate memories

of her during the funeral service at Washington National Cathedral

while US leaders reflected on her legacy.

Freedom endures against all odds in the face of every aggressor

because there are always those who will fight for that freedom

US president Joe Biden said in his eulogy of Albright

who died of cancer last month at the age of 84. “In the 20th and 21st century

freedom had no greater champion than Madeleine Korbel Albright.”