Panel Discussion about Commemorative Coffee Table Book on 28 Local WWII Veterans

Cape Fear Museum Hosts Panel Discussion on Sunday, November 3 With Three Local World War II Veterans Featured In “Answering the Call, A Story of Everyday Valor,” A Limited Edition, Commemorative Book that Profiles 28 Local WWII Veterans Who Call Plantation Village Home

Event is Free and Open to the Public from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. at 814 Market Street in Wilmington

To honor the very important role that World War II veterans play in the community and its shared history, Plantation Village, a Life Plan Community in Porters Neck, has published a commemorative coffee table book that features 28 of the World War II veterans who call Plantation Village home. Entitled Answering the Call, a Story of Everyday Valor, this limited edition, 64-page, archival quality hardcover book will be the subject of a panel discussion hosted by the Cape Fear Museum of History and Science on Sunday, November 3. Three of the 28 veterans profiled in the book will comprise the panel and Kevin Maurer, a local and New York Times best-selling author and one of the co-authors of Answering the Call, will moderate the discussion. The event is free and open to the public and will be held from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the Museum at 814 Market Street in downtown Wilmington.

The hardcover book will sell for $50 each and all proceeds will go towards the publication of a subsequent book on Plantation Village’s Korean and Vietnam War veterans, and to support veterans’ charities. Books may be purchased at the Cape Fear Museum event on November 3 with cash or check. Books may also be ordered online at any time at, and will begin shipping on October 11.

“This book is a true labor of love that has been more than a year in the making,” said Zane Bennett, Executive Director of Plantation Village. “We are privileged and honored to have such a large number of veterans among our residents and this book is just one small way to honor them for both their incredible contributions and for their many sacrifices. We think the book turned out beautifully and gives a unique perspective into the lives and experience of these extraordinary individuals.”

Plantation Village will officially celebrate the launch of the book at its annual Veterans Day celebration on the fantail of the Battleship North Carolina on Monday, November 11 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The event, which is typically reserved for Plantation Village residents and invited guests only, will be expanded this year to include local elected officials and dignitaries. Each year, 50 or more active duty Marines and Navy personnel from Camp Lejeune volunteer their time to attend the event and honor the attending veterans from Plantation Village. Kevin and Michael Maurer, co-authors of Answering the Call, will also be in attendance to sign books.


The book is co-authored by Becky Grogan, Plantation Village marketing and move-in coordinator; Michael Maurer, a local historian and Kevin Maurer, Michael’s brother and a local author and journalist Becky brings more than 25 years of marketing, event planning and copywriting experience to her position as Editor and Project Manager for Answering the Call. Michael Maurer is a history buff, history teacher and member of the Cape Fear Museum Advisory Council. Kevin Maurer is an award-winning journalist and three-time New York Times Best Selling Author who was embedded with US Military Forces in Afghanistan and Iraq 14 times. His experiences led him to co-write No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission that Killed Osama bin Laden, and No Hero: The Evolution of a Navy Seal. To date, Kevin has authored nine books and his latest — American Radical: Inside the World of an Undercover Muslim FBI Agent — is the first book written about the FBI’s counter-terrorism undercover program.

Plantation Village was created in 1988 on property donated by Champion “Champ” McDowell, a retired railroad executive with a vision to create a positive living environment for area seniors. Plantation Village offers one- and two-bedroom apartments and two-bedroom, two-bath villas on 56 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds. Residents enjoy first-class amenities including fine dining; leisure and concierge services; weekly housekeeping and linen service; 24-hour security staff; transportation to shopping, grocery stores and doctors’ appointments; and health care services by renowned providers. Additional amenities include a fitness center with an indoor pool, salon services, community auditorium, discounted green fees at neighboring golf courses, complimentary high-speed Internet, craft & card room, woodworking shop, and meal delivery services.

Plantation Village is managed by Life Care Services™, a leader in the management of senior living communities that provides operations, marketing and sales management for non-profit and for-profit Life Plan Communities, stand-alone assisted living, memory care, and rental communities nationwide. An LCS® Company, Life Care Services was established in 1971 and is based in Des Moines, Iowa.

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