The family has asked the Patriot Guard Riders to stand for Mr. Lawrence W. Berben, United States Army Veteran.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

McVeigh Funeral Home
208 N. Allen St.
Albany, NY

Ray Sestak

Staging at 09:00 AM for the arrival of family.  After services, members will escort to:

Blessed Sacrament Church
607 Central Ave.
Albany, NY

Upon completion of the 10:30 Mass of Christian Burial, members will escort to:

Gerald B.H. Solomon
  Saratoga National Cemetery
200 Duell Road
Schuylerville, NY

Interment with full military honors is scheduled for 1:30 PM, Interment Shelter 2.  For those members staging directly at the cemetery, please stage quietly at Shelter 1, and be aware of any services in progress.

Mr. Berben served proudly in the United States Army, and was a Vietnam Veteran.  He served in-country as an Infantry Individual Fire Crewman with a mortar squad and was trained as an Armored Personnel Carrier Driver.  For his service, he was awarded the Air Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with one Bronze Star and the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal.  He also earned the 1st Class Gunner Badge for expertise with M-79, 81 mm Mortar, Rifle and Pistol, and attained the rank of Specialist 4th Class.  After being honorably discharged, Mr. Berben worked as a Machinist and Value Engineer for the Watervliet Arsenal.

The Patriot Guard Riders are honored to be able to stand for the life and service of Mr. Lawrence W. Berben.

Ray Sestak
Assistant State Captain
Eastern Region, PGRNY

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:
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 637

Wappingers Falls, NY 12590

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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