Patriot Guard Riders New York

Who We Are

PGRNY is a diverse group of patriots who come together to show respect and support to US service members, veterans, and their families by standing flag lines and providing escorts at memorial services, only at the request of the family.  We also stand flag line for other events honoring veterans and military personnel by request.  We do not have meetings, dues, or most of the other membership requirements of other organizations.  Many of our members share a love of motorcycles and many are veterans, but neither is a requirement.  The only thing our members do have in common is a deep feeling of appreciation of the sacrifices that our military and first responders have made and continue to make.  

We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit and 100% volunteer organization.  Any donations received go directly to members of the Armed Services, veterans, families of deployed service members, and Gold Star families in need through our Help on the Homefront (HOTH) program; or to the families of veterans in the form of a plaque at memorial services.  

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Standing For Those Who Stood For Us.

When invited by the immediate family, we stand flag line at the funeral home, services and at the burial location for our military veterans who have passed, KIA, and First Responders who have died in the line of duty.

Event Missions

These missions are for all non-funeral requests; such as Welcome Home, Honor Flight, Street Naming ceremonies, Post Office naming; that involves our military.  Anything other than Funeral Mission Requests.

What are Missions

Missions are one of the ways Patriot Guard Riders New York, Inc. (PGRNY) show support for US service members, veterans, and their families.  
 
Missions vary greatly and can include standing flag lines or providing escorts to veterans for such diverse events as calling hours, gravesite services, the return home of veterans on Honor Flights and active military personnel from overseas assignments, as well as for ceremonies honoring veterans, etc. It is our honor to attend these missions and there are no fees or expenses incurred by the requesting family or organization.

Mission Requests

There are two types of missions:  Funeral and Event.

Funeral Mission Requests must be made by a family member.   Funeral requests may be to stand a flag line at the funeral home and/or church service; provide an escort to the cemetery, and/or stand a flag line at the cemetery.  It is up to the family to determine how much representation they wish from PGRNY.   

Event Mission Requests are for any ceremony or event other than a funeral and can be made by an organization or individual.  These requests may be to stand a flag line at the airport for returning veterans or active military personnel; stand a flag line for various ceremonies honouring veterans, provide escorts of veterans to various events, participate in parades as an escort to veterans, etc. It is up to the requesting organization or person to determine what type of representation is wanted from PGRNY.

To request a Mission, click on the appropriate Mission Request.

Programs

Patriot Guard Riders of New York has special programs; Help On The Homefront and the Veteran Recovery Program. 

Learn more about each by clicking their logo!

Help On The Homefront

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Veteran Recovery Program

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PGRNY Membership

One of the ways PGR members Honor the veterans who have served and continue to serve our country is to participate in Missions.   The time they give to stand for those who have stood for us is greatly appreciated. 

Simply fill out the form and submit.  Based on the county you live in, you will be signed up for a region within New York State.  You will receive Mission emails for your region.  It is up to you whether or not you attend a mission.  More information on membership is available here.

PGRNY Current Missions

Please note:  For missions listed on the calendar previous to January 27, 2019, the links do not work.  To find mission detail previous to January 27, 2019; visit Completed Missions section of our website and use the title filter to find the mission desired.

"Standing For Those Who Stood For US"

Our News

Acknowledgements

Rep. Zeldin Honors Patriot Guard Riders on House Floor.  On April 12, 2018, Congressman Lee Zeldin (R, NY-1) honored the Patriot Guard Riders from Long Island and across the United States on the floor of the House of Representatives.

News & Announcements

For a complete listing of all News & Announcements, visit the Announcements page.

  • Spencerport Kiwanis Club

    Suburban News North dated February 3, 2019 featured an article about the Spencerport Kiwanis Club's guest speakers Beth Read and Donna Barnes.  Their presentation was on the Patriot Guard Riders of New York and its mission and programs.  They covered the primary mission of PGRNY and programs of Help On...

  • Closing of ROC HOTH Warehouse Program

    December 2, 2018 Note from William (Bill) Schaaf, State Captain.  The decision to shut down the HOTH PGR Warehouse operation was not a decision PGR leadership took lightly. We knew of the importance of this program, not only to the many hundreds of veterans this program helped, but of its...

  • RC - Bill Brainard

    November 29, 2018 I'm very pleased to inform you that State Captain Bill Schaaf and Assistant State Captain Nigel Heaton have supported and approved my request to appoint Bill Brainard as a Ride Captain in Region-1. Many of you know that Bill is a former Ride Captain and Senior Ride Captain in...

  • RC - Ken Titland

    July 13, 2018 I would like to announce Ken Titland as a new Ride Captain in Region 6. Ken has been a PGR member since 2013. He is an Army veteran serving from 1981 to 1983. Ken has worked for Orange and Rockland Utilities as a lineman since 1987 and runs the apprentice training school. He has run...

  • RC - Bob Marien

    May 3, 2018 I'm pleased and honored to announce that PGRNY State Captain Bill Schaaf and Assistant State Captain Nigel Heaton have approved my nomination of Bob "Trip" Marien as a Region-1 Ride Captain, effective yesterday. "Trip" has been a very active PGR Member for 3 years, and has been a...

  • Treasurer-Patsy Boisvert

    April 6, 2018I would like to announce, with PGR NY Board of Directors approval, the election of Patsy Boisvert to the position of Treasurer along with its attendant seat on the BOD. Patsy brings with her vast experience in the administration and management of financials in not-for-profit...

Thank You Notes

For a complete listing of all Thank You Notes, visit the Thank You Notes page.

  • Region 8 - Mission for Anthony J. Galeotafiore

    Sir, My name is CSM (R) Joe Edmondson. Today you conducted a Honor Mission at Pine Lawn for my sisters father in-law Anthony Galeotafiore. I wanted to personality thank you and your team for the service the PGR provided. It might seem simple, however to my brother in-law, his family and most...

  • Region 1/2 - John "Jack" McMahon

    Good morning, I want to express my gratitude to the members of the Patriot Guard who supported the burial ceremony of my father John McMahon, who was an Army veteran from WWII.  The date was 12/31/2018 and they greeted me on my arrival at Lakeside Charlie Curtin Funeral parlor in West Seneca.  I am...

  • Region 8/9 - Edward Weber

    My name is Arlene Weber the wife of Edward Weber, a proud Vietnam veteran. He service as a medic. My family, friends and my husband appreciate and admire your commitment to Vietnam Vets. Your service at my husband’s funeral and burial comforted me greatly. We received safe passage both at church and...

  • HOTH Veterans Assistance - Thank You

    Hello Dave, I was just going through my email contacts and found yours. I thought I would send you an email since it has been almost 5 years since you and the Patriot Guard Riders helped me to get through a really rough time in my life and helped me to stay focused on a direction. I am not certain...

  • Reg. 8/9 - HOTH Mission Unserviceable American Flag Program Westbury, New York 06-14-18

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  • R2/5, HOTH Mission - Steven Stiller Tunnel to Towers Rolling Museum Escort

    Letter from the Supervisor of the Town of Owego: