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A Plantation Village veteran that was honored at a luncheon at Battleship North Carolina (Photo: Justin McKee/WWAY)

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Each November, our country celebrates the people who have served and protected us in the military.

Friday, Plantation Village honored the veterans among its residents with a special luncheon on the deck of the Battleship North Carolina.

About 90 vets live at the senior living community in Porters Neck, 25 of which served during World War II.

“I was in the Pacific Ocean. Submarine service. We went out north of Manila to a base in Olongapo. Very lucky to be in the Navy, I think, and lucky to survive too with the way things went out there,” said World War II veteran Emerson Foote.

In addition to a catered lunch, the vets enjoyed music from the Second Division Marine Corps Brass Quintet.

“What we like to do is bring ’em out to celebrate, because the service and the sacrifice that they have done for this country is very important to us. We don’t want them to ever feel like they’re not appreciated,” said Plantation Village marketing coordinator Becky Grogan.

Active duty Marines and sailors from Camp Lejeune were on hand to greet and assist their older counterparts.

“My father’s a World War II veteran, and I have a 14-year-old son and I look at these young people who are serving us right now and I just, I can’t tell them how grateful I feel that they do that,” said Grogan.

It warmed the hearts of the vets to be the center of attention on this special day.

“It’s a tremendous honor to be honored by so many people, and I’m glad I’m part of it,” said Foote.

This was the third year that Plantation Village has held this event for their veterans.

Everyone is invited to downtown Wilmington Saturday for the first Southeastern North Carolina Veterans Parade down Front Street at 9:30 a.m.

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