fledge capable of flying, from Middle English flegge, from Old English -flycge; akin to Old High German flucki capable of flying,
Old English flEogan to fly -- more at FLY
intransitive verb, of a young bird : to acquire the feathers necessary for flight or independent activity

Monday, May 26, 2008

To remember

Today, we were at a Memorial Day block party. A block party complete with red-white-and-blue beribboned bicycles, pie eating contests, a water balloon toss, a dunk tank (why, oh why does my son always volunteer to be the dunkee, when such a dunkee is needed?), friends and family and kids, kids, kids everywhere. Including my kids, the grandchildren of my father, a World War II veteran.

It made me think that there were many, many children and grandchildren missing from this and other block parties around the country. Namely, those children and grandchildren never born, because the young men and women who would have been their fathers and mothers had died in service to our country.

We celebrate Memorial Day for you.

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