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Dear Sir,

My name is Troy Elkins. Richie was my NCO while we were stationed in Naples, Italy.  He was a friend, mentor, and a Marine looked after his brothers beyond the normal requirements.

I and still in shock and saddened by his loss.  Unfortunately, due to time and distance, I cannot come and say my farewell.  Four of my brothers from Naples will be there in our place.

I just wanted to say thank you to you and the other riders that will be on the escort detail.  It is great comfort knowing his is travelling home surrounded by the people he loved most, his fellow service men.  

Forever in your debt,

Semper Fi,

Troy 

My Mother worked as a radiation nurse for the last years of her long nursing career. She recalls someone named Cap Capella (or something like that) coming in for treatment. I’m guessing he made it through okay. Someone said he was one of the Guards at the services and thought he may be interested to know this. 
 
I want you to know how impressed, ecstatic, and in awe of your presence at both services. I couldn’t help but shake every hand and was floored when every one of them said “It is my honor”.  I was happy to see emotion from the guards as well as we spoke to each one of them. It was like they were saying goodbye to someone they had served along side. Despite the fact that it’s been almost 73 years since Frederick left the service I guess in a way they did serve together. 
 
I am most thankful for the honor the Patriot Guard has bestowed upon my family and am looking forward to supporting your efforts and spreading your story. Even though it was only a couple days, I’m indeed honored to have known you guys. 
 
Jay A. Mills
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. 
 
*****
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

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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
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.

 

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

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