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.



Honor Mission

Dean C. Gray

US Navy - WWII Veteran

Albany, New York - 28 Mar 2017



The family of Mr. Dean Carver Gray, a “Greatest Generation” United States Navy veteran, has requested Patriot Guard Rider presence at his military honors funeral services.

Mr. Dean Gray enlisted in the United States Navy in August,1944 at the age of 17. After receiving recruit training at USNTS Sampson in New York, he attended training schools at Davisville Naval Construction Battalion Center, R.I. and Naval Construction Battalion Center Port Hueneme in California. Upon completion of training, Dean was deployed as a United States Navy Seabee, and served in Okinawa. He was Honorably discharged in June of 1946 as a Machinist Mate 3rd Class and for his service, was awarded the American Theater Medal, the WWII Victory Medal and Asiatic Pacific Theater Medal.

After the War, he worked for GE in Schenectady, NY for 37 years in the Generator Division. Dean's greatest accomplishment was his family, and he was a role model to all of them. Dean was a very positive, optimistic person, who never complained or felt sorry for himself. Even during his final difficult days he was more concerned about others.

The Patriot Guard Riders will stand proudly, rendering dignity, honor and respect for the life and service of Mr. Dean Carver Gray, proud United States Navy WWII Veteran.

Ray Sestak
Assistant State Captain
Eastern Region, PGRNY


Primary Staging Time: 08:30 A.M.
Christ The King Church
20 Sumter Avenue
Albany, New York - 12203
Ride Captain:
Ray Sestak
Special Instructions:
Staging is 08:30 at the church.  Members will form a flag line for the arrival of family. Calling Hours are 09:00 to 11:00, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial. Following the church services, interment with full military honors will take place at:

Memory Gardens
983 Watervliet Shaker Rd.
Albany, NY 12205

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


Another way to donate is when shopping at Amazon.  Use AmazonSmile and a portion of the sale goes to PGRNY.  Thank You!

AmazonSmiles - PGRNY

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