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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July 5, 2008

Thanks from Ret Air Force MSgt

To All Who Ride for the Heroes,

I had the opportunity on the Fourth of July to attend a funeral for Spc. Kenneth Jacobs in Ontario, NY and the graveside services in Marion, NY. I am a retired Air Force veteran with 22+ years in the service. I have been on many Honor Guards, and attended many military funerals. I must say I have never attended one like the one I did on the Fourth. Your group is just awesome. The silence at the church while forming a corridor of flags for the hearse, and the escort to the cemetery was something to behold. The noise of the motorcade coming to the cemetery while still miles away was just spine chilling. The closing act of encircling the gravesite with American Flags was just breath taking.

It is a Fourth of July I will always remember. One that will stand out in my mind forever. There were some 60 bikes in the funeral from all over the state of New York. To think that all these riders would take time on a holiday from their families picnics and gatherings to render this honor was just special. Even though it was a very somber event it very well showed what the Fourth of July is for. Celebrating the life of a solider who gave his so that we may all be allowed to have the freedom we enjoy. AMERICA: "The Land of the Free, Because of the Brave"


John Schlafer
MSgt (Ret)
U.S.Air Force
1960-1986

 

 

 

 

June 28, 2008

To All Who Ride for the Heroes,

Dear Friends,

I received a package in the mail a few days ago that had many warm and encouraging notes in it.  It was a Patriot Guard Flag, that had the signatures and well-wishes of handfuls of fellow Patriot Guard Riders, and American Legion Riders.  Please let me say THANK-YOU.  For those of you who are Veterans, and recall the happiness that mail always brought, you can imagine how I felt when I opened the package and saw the signatures of many whom I have ridden with in the past and some whom I have not.  Since then, I have been trying to get as many people/places pictured with that signed PGR flag as possible.  Unfortunately, getting an entire shift together is somewhat of a challenge--and add to that, the fact that the US Air Force doesn't like anyone taking pictures of any of it's resources!  So I hope the attached photos will be alright...for now!  Please know that what you all are doing IS extremely important, extremely giving, and extremely appreciated by all service members and their families-- and especially by me and my fellow USAF Security Forces members serving here at Bxxxxxxx Ixxxxxxxxxx Airport, Iraq!

Keep riding, and THANK YOU!
-SrA Johnson, USAF


Personal note from SrA Johnson to local Ride Captain. ***Hey Tim!  [redacted] I just thought you'd like it (the picture) b/c the PGR flag does sporadically fly over the Bxxxxxxx Ixxxxxxxxxx Airport.  We had another detail here the other day, I and 5 other guys carried yet another flag draped casket onto a C-130.  But each time we have to do it, I know that you guys and other PGR members will be there to honor that fallen hero as they are taken off that aircraft in the US.  It's just challenging having seen both sides now.

Unfortunately, I have to get going--I should try to get a little rest before work starts again in 4 hours so, I apologize.  Just know this- my personal amount of patriotism, and love for our country has grown to an amount so vast since being here, that it is amazing.  I am thankful to be an American, which is something I think a lot of people take for granted; or feel they just deserve.  And as for the American Legion, and the Patriot Guard Riders-they will always be something I believe in for the rest of my life [redacted].  Please tell everyone to keep pushing forward-even when it becomes almost unbearable to do another funeral escort/ hear another 21 gun salute/ or see another mother, father, sister, brother cry.  Because what you are doing at home- MATTERS!

May 1, 2008

Hello, I am Jonathon Cotes cousin. I went to the wake last night and will be there tonight. Your presence was very appreciated. I wish I could have thanked the many men & women who were standing out there for Jon. We are unable to thank each and everyone one of you at this hard time so I wanted to senda  special thank you to you all. It means so much and will always be remembered. God Bless you all. Kathy

April 29, 2008

To the crew who braved the rain this morning, thank you again. Few in attendance we were, our appreciation of the Patriot Guard Riders presence today is vast.

While it was a small funeral, I feel it was just what my great uncle would have wished.

Ellis was a quiet modest man who spent most of his life working the farms around New York.

I don’t know all the details of Ellis’ service to this great nation, modest he was, and his responses to our questions were short.

Ellis is a recipient of the Purple Heart Medal. I recall him speaking of being shot in the leg by a sniper as he was beginning to dig his foxhole. Where this took place, I am not sure.

I’d also like to say thanks to the Burial Detail, in spite of the foul weather thrown our way, they did an outstanding job. Thanks again guys!

Patriot Guard Riders, I can not say thanks enough! I wish smooth roads and warm rides for all. America could use a few more like you.


SGM

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