Rutland Native Russo Visits Normandy for D-Day
Army Specialist David Russo, of the Fourth Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division from Fort Bragg, N.C., spent a week in Normandy, France, representing the Americans who fought here 70 years ago. “To be in Normandy for this 70th D-Day commemoration ceremony has been an honor” said Russo. “To see where our heritage as paratroopers stems from and to be treated like a celebrity by the French is an amazing feeling, just because we represent to them those who brought their liberty.” Soldiers like Russo are indebted to the veterans whose service demonstrated the selfless actions of the ‘greatest generation,’ that served to protect and defend our nation, and were part of a global force to defend peace and strengthen our ties with an emerging Alliance. The selfless actions by all allies on D-Day continue to resonate 70 years later. Russo is the son of Thomas and Ellen Russo of Rutland, son-in-law of Thomas and Connie Montemagni of Stratton, and a 1998 graduate of Mount Saint Joseph Academy.