NORMANDY, France -- Army Spc. David T. Russo stands on hallowed ground, as he and hundreds of other American service members commemorated the 70th Anniversary of the Normandy D-Day invasion in 1944, that changed the course of World War II and history.

Russo, a member of 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division from Fort Bragg, N.C., spent approximately one week in the Normandy region, participating in ceremonies and representing Americans who fought there 70 years ago.

Russo is the son of Thomas L. and Ellen M. Russo of Rutland and son-in-law of Thomas and Connie Montemagni of Stratton. He is a 1998 graduate of Mount St. Joseph Academy, Rutland.