The Watertown Sons of Italy Lodge Piave Fiume was founded in 1920 by Salvatore Cesareo, Antonio Abbondanzio and Michele Pane along with a group of 20 other Italian immigrants living in Watertown, Massachusetts. The name Piave Fiume was given to the lodge by the founders who participated in a great battle, which took place at the River Piave, a river in northern Italy. In 1918, during World War I, it was the scene of Battle of the Piave River, the last major Austria-Hungarian attack on the Italian Front, which failed after costing Austria-Hungary nearly 200,000 casualties. The Battle of the Piave was the decisive battle of World War I on the Italian Front. The river is thus called in Italy 'Fiume Sacro alla Patria' (Sacred River of the Homeland).