The 70th anniversary of D-Day is coming up this Friday.
There are many unsung heroes when it comes to D-Day including those who never served in World War II.
WDBJ7’s Melissa Gaona introduces us to a volunteer who spends a majority of his time keeping the memory of those fallen soldiers alive.
Three days a week, Bill Jackson volunteers his time giving tours of the D-Day Memorial in Bedford.
Jackson is 77 years old and he's retired.
When he's not on the golf course, he's teaching the history behind D-Day and the meaning of this Memorial.
"There's 2,499 Americans, there's 1,914 allies that were killed in one day,” said Jackson.
4,413 were killed on D-Day and that's one of many reasons Jackson pays his tributes.
He's even read over 40 books specifically on D-Day.
The tour takes about 45 minutes to an hour.
Bill knows all of the details about the memorial.
"The gold wedding band represents, is in honor of all the wives, girlfriends and finances whose other half did not come home," said Jackson.
If you'd like a tour of the D-Day Memorial, specifically from Mr. Jackson, he works on Monday, Friday and Saturday afternoons.