The Veterans Memorial In My Town



September 23, 2016 - High School students, Freshman through Senior, are invited to submit an essay describing the importance of the veterans memorials in their home county. The essay, between 500 and 650 words, should explain how the monuments represent the men and women of their community and the service they rendered to our republic. The essay may focus upon a particular era or conflict, relate what impact the loss of a particular GI or group had upon the community, and how youth of today should relate to the monuments. 

Winning entries will be selected based upon clarity of message and how well the essay adheres to a patriotic theme. Submission of an essay conveys permission to Ride Around America to publish the content of the entry, entrants name, grade, and school. Entrant should attach a digital image of the monument to the entry email. Any essays submitted after Midnight, November 10, 2016, are not eligible. 

Essay text will not be used elsewhere without permission of the entrant, but content copyright is held by Ride Around America. 

Twenty winners will be selected and informed on Veterans Day, November 11, 2016. Lee Jeans is not responsible for creation of the contest, judging, or selection of winning entries. Entry submission gains no right of compensation in any form except that earned by the winners. 

Click This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to submit your essay and monument photo(s). Good luck! 

Patches Are In

August 19, 2016 - I finally have an order of 3" embroidered patches on hand. Anyone that donates $15 or more gets one. Click the red DONATE button on the upper right side of this page. It will take you to PayPal where you can use your PayPal account, credit or debit card to send a few dollars. 

Your support really is appreciated. Make sure to give me a valid address so that I can send your patch via US mail. 



The Duckworth Chant


The Duckworth ChantSandersville, GA (April 4, 2016) -


Like many early "Baby Boomers," my first knowledge of music from a record player came via the old 78 RPM shellac discs; and most of them were from the 30's and 40's, including lots of songs from the war years. A favorite was "The Duckworth Chant" by Vaughn Monroe. 

Duckworth himself, a native of Sandersville, Georgia, probably didn't give it a second thought that his little ditty would be a hit song. During World War II the public was looking for anything that would help them identify with their GI's. Although not fully immersing themselves in the blood, guts, and gore of what the new recruits were facing, the public did learn their cadence counts. When the simple cadence got the Hollywood treatment it took off and every USO tour had at least one singer, or group, that would belt out the Duckworth Chant and bring a rueful smile to those in the audience.  

Answering The Call

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