Plantation Village Hosts 5th Annual Veterans Day Celebration on Battleship North Carolina

On Monday, November 11, Plantation Village, a non-profit Life Plan Community in Porters Neck, will host its 5th Annual Veterans Day celebration on the fantail of the Battleship North Carolina to honor the 83 veterans who call Plantation Village home. The event will take place from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and more than 50 active duty Marines and Sailors from Camp Lejeune will be on hand to personally escort each veteran on board the Battleship.

This year’s Veterans Day event also celebrates the recent publication of “Answering the Call, A Story of Everyday Valor,” a limited edition, 64-page, archival quality hardcover book that profiles 28 WWII veterans who live at Plantation Village. WWII veterans profiled in the book will be in attendance and available for interviews.

The Veterans Day event is typically reserved for Plantation Village residents and guests but will be expanded this year to include local elected officials and dignitaries. Kevin and Michael Maurer, co-authors of Answering the Call, will also be in attendance to sign books. Books may be purchased at the Veterans Day event on November 11, and may also be ordered online at any time at The hardcover book will sell for $50 each and proceeds will go to support veterans’ charities.


WHO: 83 Veterans, including 15 WWII Veterans, and their family and friends

Plantation Village, a non-profit Life Plan Community in Porters Neck

Kevin Maurer, local author and co-author of Answering the Call

Michael Maurer, local historian and co-author of Answering the Call


WHAT: Veterans Day celebration to honor the veterans who live at Plantation Village.

Highlights Include:

· Celebration of all attending veterans and active-duty military

· Book launch for Answering the Call, A Story of Everyday Valor

· Book signing with Co-Authors Kevin Maurer and Michael Maurer

· Music and singing provided by Nina Repeta of Dawson’s Creek fame.

· Catered luncheon by A Thyme Savor


WHERE: Fantail of Battleship North Carolina, Wilmington

WHEN: Monday, November 11 from 11 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

CONTACT: Debbie Elliott • Talk, Inc. • 910-471-3181 •



Answering the Call, A Story of Everyday Valor 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 and history teacher. 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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