Illinois Governor Pat Quinn announced a newly launched public-private partnership designed to improve services for Illinois veterans, military personnel and their families.
Quinn said Illinois Joining Forces will increase collaboration and make sure veterans find out about services available to them, such as health care and jobs programs.
"We cannot have our service members who fought in Baghdad or now in Kabul or elsewhere in Afghanistan -- they fought there, they shouldn't have to fight for a job when they come home," Quinn said.
Sunday morning was not ideal for doing anything outdoors in Keokuk.
The sky was overcast, the temperature was dropping and the wind was whipping the flags throughout the Keokuk National Cemetery.
Mother Nature did not stop more than 70 people from leaving their homes and celebrating Veterans’ Day at the Keokuk Veterans’ Memorial.
The threat of rain led organizers to keep the proceedings short and sweet while still showing the proper respect and honor all veterans.