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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Honor Mission

John T. Garry II, Veteran
US Army Air Corps - WWII
Albany, New York -17 Feb 2017

The family of John T. Garry II has requested the participation of the Patriot Guard Riders in Mr. Garry's military honors funeral. Another of our "Greatest Generation" heroes has passed on.


Primary Staging Time:9:15 A.M.
McVeigh Funeral Home
208 North Allen St.
Albany, New York -
Ride Captain:
Special Instructions:
9:30am- Flag line at funeral home for arrival of family and friends.
10:15am- Flag line for dignified transfer then onto:
St. Pius X Church
23 Crumitie Rd,
Loudonville, NY
11:00am- Flag line for dignified transfer into church. Funeral Mass of Christian burial.
11:45am- Approx. Flag line for dignified transfer from church then onto:
St. Agnes Cemetery
48 Cemetery Ave, Menands, NY
Flag line present for dignified transfer then at graveside for interment services.
Mission Narrative:
John T. Garry II answered his country's call to service in WWII. He left college at Cornell University and joined the US Army Air Corps and trained to be a B-17 pilot at the age of 21 years old. Assigned to the fabled US Army 8th Air Force, he was stationed near London, England. As a 2nd Lieutenant in the later stages of the war in 1945, he piloted his craft and crew on numerous daytime raids over Germany that included assaults over Berlin. The defenses surrounding Berlin were murderous and on some raids his B-17 was severely damaged inflicting injuries and death to some of his crew. Among his experiences was his dis-obeying a command not to land at a specific airfield - he had no choice - his B-17 was out of fuel - he "dead sticked" the landing. For these and other exploits he was awarded Air Medal for Meritorious Achievement, EAME Ribbon and three European Battle Stars. After the war, John Garry married and raised a family. He continued to experience great success in life as he graduated from Siena College, Albany Law School. After forming his law firm he advanced in the legal profession to Assistant Albany Corporation Counsel and Assistant District Attorney for Albany County until he was appointed District Attorney for Albany County by the then Governor Averill Harriman - being elected for two terms after that.
His full obituary can be found at:!/Obituary
The Patriot Guard Riders will be privileged to be there to render Honor, Dignity and Respect for the life and service of John T. Garry II.
Bill Schaaf
Patriot Guard Riders NY - State Captain 
Veteran Recovery Program - NY State Coordinator

PGR NY Board of Directors - President

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


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