Jersey City Office Of Cultural Affairs Honors World War I Veteran Sgt. Vincent Pantozzi With Street Dedication, Mural


On Thursday, November 3, 2022, The City of Jersey City and Office of Cultural Affairs honored World War I Veteran, Sgt. Vincent Pantozzi with a street dedication and mural.

Sgt. Pantozzi Plaza was dedicated next to the three story mural of Vincent Pantozzi by Jersey City Mural Arts Program artist, David Sami. The mural was rendered on the lifelong Pantozzi home where Sgt. Pantozzi operated his restaurant for over 30 years and was known in the community as a friend to all people. Sgt. Pantozzi received numerous awards for his service to our country including five Silver Stars and The Croix du Guerre from France.

Italian American Museum Founder and President, Dr. Joseph V. Scelsa (front row, third from left) joins Jersey City Mayor, Stephen Fulop, Councilman Rich Boggiano, United States war veterans and special guests for a street dedication to Sgt. Vincent Pantozzi.

Italian American Museum Founder and President, Dr. Joseph V. Scelsa (front row, third from left) joins Jersey City Mayor, Stephen Fulop, Councilman Rich Boggiano, United States war veterans and special guests for a street dedication to Sgt. Vincent Pantozzi.


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During World War I, the Croix de Guerre was awarded for bravery to military personnel and recipients of the Legion d’Honneur and Medaille Militaire. This decoration was established by the French Republic in 1915 and is awarded to soldiers, airmen or sailors of all ranks, officers included, and also to officers and men of Allied forces, mentioned in French Despatches, for an individual feat of arms mentioned in a Despatch from the general officer commanding an Army, Army Corps, Division, Brigade or the C.O. of a regiment or the corresponding unit of Naval forces. The different classes of despatches for which a recipient was awarded the cross may be recognized by the following emblems on the ribbon: Army Despatch – small bronze laurel branch (Palme en bronze); Army Corps Despatch – silver gilt star; Divisional Despatch – silver star; Brigade, Regimental or similar Unit Despatch – bronze star. Every mention is represented by its emblem, thus a man can wear the cross with a silver star and a bronze palm. For every five bronze palms he gets instead a silver palm. The award of the Légion d’Honneur carries with it a Croix de Guerre avec Palme. The ribbon is green ribbed with black and has seven red stripes.


For bravery in the face of the enemy, it can be awarded more than once. Subsequent awards are denoted by bronze, silver, and gold insignia worn on the ribbon. In WW1, US Army personnel who were awarded the MOH also received the Croix de Guerre, avec palme, for the same action.

The Fourragere, in the colors of the Croix de Guerre, representing two unit citations in the Orders of the Army, is authorized to be worn by all active members of the 9th Regiment.

Banner Image: Pantozzi Plaza. All Images Credit – The Italian American Museum 


Italian American Museum

Logo A NEW HOME IN THE HEART OF LITTLE ITALY New Exterior The new Italian American Museum (IAM) will serve as a cultural hub and community nexus for Italian Americans and the Little Italy neighborhood. Through permanent and temporary exhibits, robust educational and cultural programming, and collaborations with the community, the IAM will become the preeminent center for learning about and engaging with Italian as a platform for sharing Italian American voices and celebrating Italian American achievements, the IAM will be interesting to both Italian Americans and non-Italian Americans, bringing Italian American culture and heritage to younger generations and a wide range of new audiences. The Italian American Museum preserves, promotes, and celebrates the culture and history of Italian Americans, serving as living record of their contributions to America and a bridge between the remarkable past and the evolving future of the community. By allowing Italian Americans to share their story in their voice, the Italian American Museum will encourage a full appreciation of what it means to be Italian American. News Progress Photos Building Update / Annual Appeal Dear friends, We are pleased to report that we have topped off our new building and the new brick facade is being applied. Below please find pictures of the new building and the brick facade. Topping off the building Close up of the new brick facade View of the brick facade on our building Due to COVID-19 we have postponed all of our fundraising activities for the year including our annual Golf Classic and Ambasciatore Awards dinner. However, we ask that you be as generous as possible during this time of our Annual Appeal since it will be our sole fundraiser for 2021. Please know that we sincerely appreciate your contributions and that funds raised will be used to support the construction for the new building. We do so look forward to seeing you again at the reopening of the “New” Italian American Museum in Fall 2022. We will be bigger and better than ever before. Thank you for your continued support of our Italian American Museum. Andrà tutto bene! Respectfully, Uff. Prof. Joseph V. Scelsa Italian American Museum 19th Annual Golf Classic to be held on Monday, June 6th at North Hills Country Club. North Hills Country Club Exhibitions The New Italian American Museum: Architectural renderings and model for the forthcoming newly designed museum. OUR STORY FROM COLUMBUS TO CUOMO From our beginnings in Little Italy The IAM is located on Mulberry Street in the heart of what was once the largest Italian community in the United States in the first quarter of the 20th century. We became aware of the need for our own Museum in 1999, with the launch of the first major exhibition on Italians in America at the New York Historical Society, “The Italians of New York: Five Centuries of Struggle and Achievement”. The exhibit was a great success and we realized that in order to be part of the cultural dialogue in America, we needed our own Museum. So in 2001, we were chartered in New York State as the first Italian Museum in America. In our Museum, we seek to tell our whole story from Columbus to Cuomo and everything in between, our struggles and our accomplishments through hard work, ingenuity and perseverance. It has not always been easy but we have much to be proud of, for our contributions to American society are enormous. Now we will have a secular cathedral for all to see, experience and appreciate where we came from and what we have achieved.


  • Avatar FN MB says:

    I had NO IDEA that JC was officially making all those giant paintings on the sides of buildings.

    I like it, but if I lived there, I wouldn’t.

    It gets old.

    Also, I like Che Guavera. Any chance we’ll see him up there?

  • Magnificent Zero Magnificent Zero says:

    I see those every time I pass by and go into the Holland Tunnel.

    Jersey City has the highest rent in the country now.

    $4500 a month.

    What doesn’t make sense, though, is Manhattan markets get you a shoebox for $4500, and there are mutli-million dollar rents. So it has to be skewed.

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