QUINCY -- The Veterans Day ceremony Saturday at the Illinois Veterans Home will honor the veteran residents who call the campus home, and it's open to all to attend.
"Not only to our residents and staff, but to the entire community," said Rick Gengenbacher, director of marketing at the Veterans Home.
The ceremony is set for 10 a.m. Saturday in Lippincott Hall on the Veterans Home campus northwest of 12th and Locust.
The speaker at the ceremony will be Dr. Travis Moore, a physician with the Ambulatory Care Center at Quincy Medical Group.
Moore joined the Army medical program after graduating from Brigham Young University-Hawaii and graduated with a doctor of osteopathic medicine from Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences. During his second year of studies, he was commissioned in the Army and did his basic training in Texas.
Upon graduating from medical school, Moore was accepted into the residency program at the Madigan Army Medical Center in Fort Lewis, Wash. He was made chief resident of his residency group.
After his residency, Moore and his family moved to Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., where he served for 3 1/2 years. During this time, he was deployed to Iraq with the 10th Combat Support Hospital based out of Fort Carson, Colo. The unit split its mission between Baghdad and Talil, Iraq, where he was medical director of the emergency room.
Gengenbacher, who will serve as master of ceremonies Saturday, said a wreath will be laid in memory of all veterans and a moment of silence will be observed at 11 a.m.
This year also marks the 100th anniversary of the United States entering World War I.
"World War I was supposed to be the war that ends all wars, but that was not the case," Gengenbacher said.
Music selections will be performed by Bill Llewellyn, a support service worker at the Veterans Home. A rifle salute will be performed by American Legion Post 37, with taps played by Beth Young. Post 37 will also serve as color guard.
Also on Saturday, the All Wars Museum on the Veterans Home campus will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The museum closes for the season Dec. 7 and will reopen March 1.