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Honor Mission

John F Ahrens, Veteran 


Andover, New York - 10 Apr 2017


We have been requested to stand in Honor of another Hero of WW-II.* John F. Ahrens of Andover passed away on April 5th. Mr. Ahrens is an Andover legend.* He served 3 years (1942-1945) in Europe as an Aircraft Mechanic with the USAAF 479th Fighter Group, keeping B-38 Bombers and P-51 Fighters in flying condition.* He survived 6 Campaigns during those 3 years, and was Honorably Discharged with the rank of Staff Sergeant.* For his Service to our Nation, SSGT Ahrens was awarded:* USAAF Good Conduct Medal;* American Campaign Medal;* European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal;* WW-II Victory Medal. 


Primary Staging Time: 0830 A.M.

Baker-Swan Funeral Home 7 Church Street

Andover, New York - 14806

Ride Captain:

Skip Merrick merricce@aol.com

Special Instructions:

Family will arrive at the Funeral Home at 9:15. We will provide an Escort down the street to Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church. Funeral Service at 10:00 AM. Followed by Escort to Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Route 417, East of Andover. Burial with Military Honors. Family has requested PGR assistance as Pall Bearers. Please arrive on time with a clean x5 American Flag, US Army flag, or US Air Force Flag. Weather forecast is very favorable, please dress accordingly. If you choose to ride, please ensure your large bike flags are properly placed and securely attached. Please do whatever possible to help Honor the WW-II Service of Mr. Ahrens, and to support his loving family.

Flags & Water:

Flags Will NOT Be Provided, Please Bring Your Own.

If you have large bike flags, please bring them.

Water WILL NOT be provided, please bring your own.


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!

AmazonSmiles - PGRNY

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