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Only one K-State item to share with you today as we honor our fallen.

Commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Belleau Wood at the Aisne-Marine American Cemetery, Chateau-Thierry, France.
Commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Belleau Wood at the Aisne-Marine American Cemetery, Chateau-Thierry, France.
Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images

One hundred and fifty years ago, General John A. Logan of the Grand Army of the Republic proclaimed that Americans should begin to observe a day of remembrance for fallen soldiers. On May 30 of that year, the first celebration of the holiday took place. It would take five more years for a state (Michigan) to officially proclaim the observance, and it would be a mind-boggling 103 years before the day to officially became a federal holiday despite the day being a major event on the Washington calendar almost from day one.

Today, we honor those who bravely made the ultimate sacrifice in service to our country. To those of you among our readership who have lost family members in combat, our thoughts and gratitude go out on this day. Feel free to honor those family members in the comments if you’re inclined.

There is only one item of normal interest today, and that is this morning’s edition of Sports Extra, wherein Corbin McGuire relates a visit to the Dominican Republic made by several Kansas State Wildcats student-athletes. EMAW was on the job, helping build an all-purpose court in the town of Matayaya in conjunction with Courts for Kids.

If you’re one of those who get to enjoy the final leg of a three-day weekend, then have a relaxing day. If not, well, we feel ya.