Eugene I. VanAntwerp & Veterans Day Michigan WW1 Centennial Education Series
Eugene I. VanAntwerp was a veteran of the World War, Long time city council member of Detroit, Mayor of Detroit and National Commander of the Veterans Of Foreign Wars. During his tenure as National Commander of the V.F.W. he provided leadership and political pressure to pass the HR6656 which made November 11th a National Holiday in 1938. Originally, it was called Armistice Day but after World War 2 and the Korean conflict, Congress changed November 11th from Armistice Day to Veterans Day.