James Ascenzi, presumably the father of the family, was informed of his son Private Joseph Asenczi's death via telegram from Washington, D.C. on July 6, 1918. Joseph had been reported missing in action on June 6. The telegram was sent by one Adjutant General McCain.2 It wasn't until almost a year later -- April 4, 1919 -- that James received official notice of Joseph's death. He received this again via a telegram sent by Adjutant General Harris.2
Following the deaths of the Ascenzi brothers, the local American Legion Post, 1204, was renamed the Ascenzi Post.1 Then, in 1938, City Council requested the renaming of the triangle park located at the intersections of Metropolitan Ave., N. 4th St. and Roebling St. The triangle was designated Ascenzi Square on March 29, 1939.1
In 2015, Marion Ascenzi Duckworth Smith, a photographer and Charles' daughter, curated an exhibit on the Square and on her family at the City Reliquary Museum. A Williamsburg native herself, Duckworth turned 75 that year.2 The exhibit offered a chance for residents to explore the history of the area as well as its involvement in World War I.