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.

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Can you please forward the message below to the PGRs who stood for our Hero, Henry Skubik recently, at Massapequa Funeral Home (Jan. 20, 2018) and Calverton National Cemetery (Jan. 22 2018) on Long Island, NY.  I don't have the Ride Captain's contact information but his first name was Charlie.  Thank you in advance. 
 
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One week ago today (Jan. 22, 2018), we laid our beloved Hero to rest at Calverton National Cemetery on Long Island.  It was a dreary, dark day both in spirit and weather-wise.  But that did not deter the PGR group from showing their support and standing for our Hero during his final farewell.  I just wanted to express my family's heartfelt gratitude for all PGR did to ensure our Hero's farewell was a fitting tribute to the caliber of person he was, one who made sacrifices for our country, overcame adversity, went on to become a productive member of society, and was a shining beacon of light which touched everyone who crossed his path.  We were truly humbled by the number of proud Riders who came out to support the cause and stood for him.  We never expected anything like the loving display of honor, patriotism and sincere gratitude for his service which was shown during this mission.  We wish to thank each and every person who came out with heartfelt gratitude that helped us through the most difficult day of our lives.  The fact that you all took precious time out of your busy lives to pay such respect to our loved one and support the Skubik family is to be commended.   
 
We will never forget all that the  Patriot Guard Riders did to Honor Cpt. Henry Skubik. The special plaque we were presented with now hangs next to our Hero's POW and Purple Heart medals.  A very special shout out to Fran (last name unknown), Mary-Ann Sweeney Barcellona and Nicole Ruggeri De Palo for also supporting the family and standing at the Memorial Service we held on Jan.20.  
 
Again, a simple "thank you" just doesn't seem enough, but it comes from the heart.  God Bless you all.
 
Respectfully,
Jacky Skubik on behalf of the Skubik family  

P.S., our hero "rode" too....

My brother had contacted you and the patriot guard regarding the passing of my grandfather Frank Klepper. I wanted to say thank you so much for coming to his burial service. It was quite the honor to you and fellow patriot guard members there to hold up the American flags for him. My apologies for not writing this email sooner. But that truly meant a lot to have you there.

Sincerely

Kimberly Imperial

Good evening,

 
Let me begin by expressing the gratitude of my entire family and myself for the honor ride and welcome that my father CPL Alirio Orduña received upon arrival at Calverton National Cemetery on Monday November 6th.  Words can not describe how we felt by the escort from the funeral home all the way to Calverton, and then to find the members of the flag detail both at the entrance and then on the walkway to the service was inspiring, beautiful and heartwarming. Thank you so much and I want you to know that while I do not currently ride, I do have a “cage” equipped with warning strobes and have signed up to be a member of the Patriot Guard. 
 
I am a retired LEO and look forward to helping to honor other Veterans and pay respect to their loved ones. 

Thank you, 
 
Osbert Orduña 
OsbertUSMCVet
 
Riding in memory of:
CPL Alirio Orduña 
USMC 72’-78’

Thank You to Region 4 & 5

Please thank everyone who organized and participated with my church's Veterans Day ceremony today.  Everything worked out great.  Your organization does a great service to honor our veterans.  They all deserve it!
 
If you can, please forward this email to all of those involved...
 
Thanks again,
Bill Ellis

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:
March 10
April 14
May 12
June 16
July 14
August 11
September 15
October 13
November 17
December 8

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

Or you may donate by credit card or Paypal

 

Another way to donate is when shopping at Amazon.  Use AmazonSmile and a portion of the sale goes to PGRNY.  Thank You!

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