Museum Updates

Sports Hall gives generously in founder’s memory

Museum President Paul Basile couldn’t believe his ears. National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame Executive Board Member and Legal Counsel Enrico Mirabelli was calling to inform him that the sports hall would be donating $5,000 to the museum! The remarkably generous bequest was given in memory of founder George Randazzo’s military service. Paul gathered intel from museum curator Steve […]
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Defense Department hails IAVM president

Colonel Renato Bacci, U.S. Army (Retired), was awarded the Office of the Secretary of Defense Medal for Exceptional Public Service in a ceremony at the Pentagon Office Complex in Washington D.C. on Nov. 15. He was recognized for his service as state chair of the Illinois Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve from October 2013 to September […]
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Troiani tells untold tale of warfare on the lakefront

It was all hands on deck when board member Joe Troiani presented an acclaimed PBS documentary at the museum on Dec. 7, 2019. “Heroes on Deck: World War II on Lake Michigan” tells the untold tale of a program that trained more than 15,000 carrier pilots off the shores of the Windy City during World War II. The training took […]
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Police Association hails Liture at annual gala

IAVM board member Carl Liture was in good company on Oct. 26, 2019, as one of four honorees at the Italian American Police Association’s annual gala. He shared the stage with Chicago Alderman Nick Sposato, Illinois State Police District Commander Jason LoCoco and Circuit Court Judge William Raines. A Navy veteran of World War II who witnessed the official surrender […]
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Legendary Italian marching band pays a visit

Board member Lorenzo Fiorentino gave a private tour of the Italian American Veterans Museum to members of the Fanfara dei Bersaglieri while they were in town for the Columbus Day Parade. The Fanfara dei Bersaglieri is an elite Italian military band known for its plumed hats and tradition of running in formation while performing. Fiorentino was honored by the Bersaglieri […]
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American Legion District hosts memorial service

Every spring, the American Legion Department of Illinois 9th District and Auxiliary hosts a Post Everlasting service to honor members who have passed away over the last year. Due to the restrictions of the stay-at-home order, the ceremony was closed to members when it was held on April 25, 2019, in the Chapel at Casa Italia in Stone Park. Representing […]
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