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

Ralph A. Courcelle, Veteran


Schuylerville, New York - 12 Apr 2017



The family of Mr. Ralph Anthony Courcelle, United States Navy WWII veteran has requested Patriot Guard Rider presence at his military honors funeral services.

Mr. Ralph A. Courcelle, a “Greatest Generation hero passed away Saturday, February 11, 2017. Born on March 30, 1926 in Rutland VT, Ralph joined the Navy in April of 1943. After completing basic training at the Naval Training Center in Sampson, NY, he was assigned to an amphibious base in Falmouth, England. His duties included serving as a driver and transporting supplies from London, Exeter and Torquay. He also helped the Navy prepare for the D-Day invasion of Normandy. During 1944 – 1945, he served aboard the USS PC-484, a US Navy Patrol Craft. For his service, Ralph was awarded the European African Middle Eastern Campaign Medal, the American Theater Campaign Medal, the WWII Victory Medal, and attained the rating of Coxswain.

After being Honorably discharged in 1946, Ralph worked for the Albany Medical Center and the State of New York as an engineer. On November 16, 2016, Ralph was honored at the Albany County Honor A Veteran Program Ceremony, with the Patriot Guard Riders in attendance. On April 12, Ralph will be interred along with his wife of 68 years, Camille Tremblay Courcelle.

The Patriot Guard Riders are proud to be able to stand once again for Mr. Ralph A. Courcelle, and render dignity, honor and respect for his life and service to our nation.

Ray Sestak
Assistant State Captain
Eastern region, PGRNY


Primary Staging Time: 10:00 A.M.
Gerald B.H. Solomon
Saratoga National Cemetery
200 Duell Road
Schuylerville, New York - 12871
Ride Captain:
Ray Sestak
Special Instructions:
Staging at 10:00 AM at Interment Shelter #2 for 10:30 services at Interment Shelter #1. Please stage quietly and be aware of any services that may be in progress.

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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