I met Roel on June 7th, 2011. He is the owner and operator of Victory Tours, operating out of Bayeux, France. You see, I traveled to Normandy for a week to fulfill a life-long dream of being ON the beaches in honor of the D-Day invasion anniversary, 6 June 1944.

Throughout the day, Roel drove and talked – sometimes more talking than driving – as he brought to life the days and nights (and weeks and months!) of the great Allied Effort. Toward the end of the day, I asked, “How do you keep it all fresh? How do you stay enthused about what you’re doing?”

His answer brought a smile to my face, “There are a few people who know a lot about this part of our history. I want to be one of them who can bring it to life.”