Memorial Day is a solemn day of remembrance for everyone who has died serving in the American armed forces. The holiday, originally known as Decoration Day, started after the Civil War to honor the Union and Confederate dead.
Charleston, SC, claims to be the birthplace of the holiday. It wasn’t until after World War II that the holiday gained a strong following and national identity. In 1968 Congress passed the Uniform Holiday Act, designating Memorial Day as the last Monday in May. This ensured a three-day weekend and gave the day its current status as the unofficial beginning of summer, mixing serious reflection with more lighthearted fun.
Memorial Day should not be confused with Veterans Day, which is when we celebrate the service of all U.S. military veterans. You’ve Got MAIDS is proud of our Franchise Owners are veterans, listed below, in alphabetical order.
- Racheal Andrus, Sacramento, CA, USCG
- Chris Belgrave & Ryan Belgrave, Virginia Beach, VA, US NAVY
- Ervin Brewster, Greenville, South Carolina, US ARMY
- Chuck Connell, Hilton Head & Savannah, USMC
- Terry Hogan, Milwaukee, WI, USMC
- Wes Kelly, Katy, Texas, US ARMY
- Thomas Knapp, Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USMC
- Scott Miller, St. Louis, Missouri, US ARMY
- Bruce O’Brien, Quakertown, PA, USCG
- Joe Ovelman, Orlando, FL, USMC
- Jim Pappas, Howell, NJ, US NAVY
- Sean Phillips, Pensacola, Florida, US ARMY
- John Pitts, Columbia, SC, US NAVY
- Lee Pitts, Columbia, SC, US NAVY
- Rakesh Reddy, Tacoma Washington, US ARMY
- Robert Transue, Lakeland Florida, US NAVY