The Patriot Guard Riders are proud to report that for the first time since the inception of the Wreaths Across America program, on December 16, 2017, a Holiday Wreath was placed on every gravesite at the Gerald B.H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery in Schuylerville, NY. The Patriot Guard Riders, along with several thousand community volunteers respectfully placed those wreaths, but much more importantly, took the time to honor and remember over 11,000 of our fallen soldiers, sailors and airmen resting in that place of honor.

We wish to sincerely thank everyone who made that goal a reality, particularly those who contributed via the PGRNY “Three For Two” program. Through that program, fully 100% of your contribution went toward the sponsorship of wreaths, with a total of almost 3,800 wreaths (over 1/3 of the total) provided….a truly outstanding effort.

Now that the bar has been set, we look forward to achieving that goal each and every year going forward, and we are confident that with your generous help and support, we can do just that. Once again, our heartfelt thanks for honoring and remembering our fallen heroes.


12 July 2012


My name is Major Jim Riely (USMA Class of 1996) and I was a pall bearer in MAJ Paul Voelke's funeral this past Friday morning in Monroe and West Point, New York. I was also a good friend, colleague, and admirer of MAJ Voelke and his family. I just wanted to send a heartfelt thank you to you and your organization for your role in protecting and making Paul's ceremony special. I know that you guys probably don't often get the thanks that you deserve for taking time out of your own lives to honor the sacrifice of others. But I wanted to make sure that at least on this one occasion you guys got your "THANK YOU." Your role in the ceremonies honoring our fallen Soldiers has become an institution in this country. An institution that is welcomed, appreciated, and important. For it is only appropriate for us as Americans to honor and protect the families and ceremonies that represent the ultimate sacrifice that a citizen can make in the service to his Nation and his fellow citizens.
Thanks again for all your sacrifices and all that you do and represent. You are all great Americans.

Please pass these thoughts to any other organizations / riders that participated in last week's ceremonies and procession.

Jim Riely
Major, US Army Engineer
9 July 2012

9 July 2012

I would like you to post this letter of appreciation to the members of pgr. Today we buried my friend  Scott Dewitt who I have known for many years. I am a member of the PGR and when I  asked his family for permission to have him honored by the PGR  at his funeral they couldn’t believe that people he didn’t know would come and honor him. I told his wife that he was a veteran and this is what this organization does.

Well after the funeral today everyone from out of town relatives, family and friends were blown away with the members who braved this weekend heat to come out and proudly honor there son, brother, cousin  or just a close friend. This is why I chose to get involved with the PGR. It was a very hard day for myself and the family to say goodbye to a Great friend and brother but  hearing the response of the family was very over whelming  and these members who showed up are so appreciated.

Cliff Arbatowicz  and the family of Scott Dewitt
21 June 2012


I did not know who to contact, so I looked up the New York Patriot Guard Riders online, and saw your information listed as a Fort Drum liaison.

I wanted to pass along my appreciation for having your organization represented at today’s memorial for PVT Cory Eiland, of Deland, FL. I’m sure his family also would like to also express thanks for the outpouring of support given to them during this difficult time. On their behalf, please pass along my thanks to the six flag bearers from the New York Patriot Guard Riders and others that supported today’s memorial ceremony held on Fort Drum, NY.

LTC Richard Whittingslow
Commander, 3rd BSTB, 3 IBCT 10th MTN Div

ROC HOTH Warehouse

The Rochester Area Warehouse can always use your gently used furniture. Presently this program is in the Rochester, NY area only with pickups within the following zip codes: 146XX; 14445; 14467; 14468; 14514; 14515; 14534; 14559; 14580; 14586.

The 2018 ROC HOTH Warehouse Saturday schedule:
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May 12
June 16
July 14
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September 15
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The above schedule is subject to change. Please visit our Facebook page, PGRNY - HOTH for detailed information.

If you have items that meet the criteria, are located in the Rochester area, and would like us to pickup those items, please go to the Help On The Homefront - Donate Items section and fill out the Furniture Donation Pick-up Request Form or call us at 585-866-1747 leaving us a message on our answering service with the reason for your call. You are welcome to bring your donations to the ROC Warehouse by appointment only. Call to schedule your appointment for dropping off your donations today! Your donations are GREATLY appreciated and tax deductible.


PGRNY is an all volunteer 501c3 organization. Donations support our mission of honoring the fallen and Veterans and are tax deductible.

Checks payable to Patriot Guard Riders of NY may be sent to:

PO Box 12445
Rochester, NY 14612

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