Published on October 16, 2013

Genesis Veterans Day Event Will Help Honor Veterans Throughout The Year

By honoring veterans on Veterans Day, Genesis VNA and Hospice will also be able to honor veterans throughout the year.

We Honor Veterans is a national program of the Veterans Administration and hospice care providers across the country. Genesis hospice patients who are veterans, nearing the end of life, are celebrated in a ceremony. They are recognized for their service by hospice volunteers who are often veterans themselves.

To support We Honor Veterans for Genesis hospice patients, Genesis is inviting all veterans, their families and the public to the Adler Theatre on Veterans Day for two inspiring films about veterans. Veterans Day is Monday, Nov. 11.

Honor Flight, a highly rated documentary telling the story of World War II veterans traveling to memorial sites in Washington, D.C. will be shown for the first time on a theatre screen in the Quad Cities at 1 p.m. on Veterans Day. A second showing will be presented at 8 p.m.

At 6 p.m., Genesis and sponsors will present To Them That’s Gone, a documentary about recognition of warriors who volunteered for service following the 9/11 destruction of the World Trade Center. Filmmaker William Gardiner will attend the screening and will talk about the film.

Admission will be $5. There will be no admission charge for veterans. 

Proceeds will be used to provide the recognition ceremonies for veterans at the end of life and will help defray the costs of hospice nurses who accompany veterans in hospice care who are able to go on Honor Flights.

“It is not only World War II veterans who are at an age where they need hospice care.  We are also caring for more Korean and Vietnam era veterans in hospice,’’ said Pat Christy, operations manager for Genesis Hospice Services and the Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House. “Every veteran deserves our gratitude and recognition of their service.

“At the end of their lives the We Honor Veterans program celebrates their service and their lives.

“In their final days, many veterans have a story to share. We Honor  Veterans ceremonies give us the opportunity to recognize them while also giving them the chance to share their personal stories with their families and loved ones.’’

Veterans receive an enamel pin and a certificate they and the family can display. American flags and service flags are displayed in their homes or outside their rooms at the Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House.  

Sponsors of the Veterans Day event include Riverboat Development Authority, Eye Surgeons Associates, Northwest Bank & Trust, Genesis Imaging, Ryan Companies, the Adler Theater and RiverCenter and Dahl Ford.

Tickets will be available in advance from the Genesis Health Services Foundation by calling 563-421-6865, or at the Foundation office at Genesis Medical Center, 1227 E. Rusholme St., Davenport.

For more information about We Honor Veterans, go to www.wehonorveterans.org.

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