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As we are approaching the holiday season, it's an excellent time to remember our fallen and their ultimate sacrafice; another way to remember them is to sponsor a wreath.  Sponsoring a wreath through Wreaths Across America is easy. 

The Patriot Guard Riders of Eastern New York have once again been granted Group Sponsorship status within the Wreaths Across America organization. So what does our Group Sponsorship status mean? Well for every two wreaths that are ordered - using our group codes – Wreaths Across America will donate another wreath - we get 3 for 2. 


Important information 

Our Group Fundraiser Code is:  NY0057
Our Location ID is:  NYGSNS


To sponsor a wreath at Saratoga National Cemetery click HERE

If you would rather mail in an order, click ORDER FORM


 Thank you.

19 July 2012


My family wishes to thank the Patriot Guard for all they did for our family yesterday. The following words are those of my brother.

The Patriot Guard Riders

Theirs is a simple mission. Their existence is bound by faith in one belief. To these men and women, respect is a way of life, not just a word used in conversation. Their hope is that they can help to bring peace. They are not armed, and they will only present themselves by invitation. These are the Patriot Guard Riders, and today they showed the utmost respect, honor and... dignity as they rode alongside my uncle on the journey to his final resting place. Honoring him, protecting him, and respecting his family’s right to grieve.

They came at the request of our family. Not just two or three people showing support for one man. Rather, they came in a group some 30 members strong. They weren’t paid for their service. All who came donated their time in order to pay respect to the memories of a man who served his country with pride. To respect and honor this man who, from that very first day in the late 1960’s until his death this past week, had always been a Marine.

They arrived today before our family, and formed a line in front of the funeral home. Each member stood silently at attention, holding in their possession an item far stronger than any weapon. This was an American Flag. As the family came, car by car, these men and women
stood fast, guarding the entrance to the service. They didn’t complain, even though the heat was tremendous. Their silent message was felt by all who passed through the doors. It was a message of comfort and security. This was a message that my family will never forget.

When the time came, these men and women mounted their motorcycles and formed a diamond around the hearse carrying my uncle’s body. As they escorted him to his final resting place, their American flags flew brilliantly behind them. For all who saw us along this route, there
was no mistaking that a military hero was making his final trip home. The Patriot Guard Riders protected our route, and when we arrived at the cemetery, they formed a circle around us, standing at attention and saluting my Uncle’s body as his coffin was laid down.

Theirs was a long day. A day in which they gave their time and service freely to a very grateful family. I personally thanked as many as I could throughout the day, and in every case, I received the same response. To these wonderful men and women, this was an honor; a chance to extend their pride in America, and respect for those who serve us all. As this day draws to a close, my family wishes to thank these wonderful men and women for what they have done for us, and for my uncle. Many of the men and women of the Patriot Guard Riders who came out today didn’t know my family. They gave us hope and love, and lived up to one of their fundamental beliefs. They showed their respect. They showed that the fibers of America that bound our forefathers together are still strong, and are worthy of this family’s pride. GOD Bless them all

God Bless you all,
Pam Diehl
A proud Patriot Guard Rider
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

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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 637

Wappingers Falls, NY 12590

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