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

Alex J. Cichelli, Veteran


Geneseo, New York - 18 Apr 2017


We have been requested to stand in Honor of another decorated US Navy WWII Hero. Alex J. Cichelli of Retsof, NY passed away on April 10th at the age of 96. Mr. Cichelli enlisted in the US Navy in October 1942, and was one of the first enlistees to be processed through the Sampson Naval Training Center in Geneva. He served from 1942-1946, including extensive service aboard the USS Salt Lake City (CA-25) in the Pacific Theater. The USS Salt Lake City had the (unofficial) distinction of having taken part in more engagements than any other ship in the fleet, including naval support during the Battle of Iwo Jima. Mr. Cichelli was very proud of his part in keeping the ship's power plant functioning throughout these many campaigns by being in charge of the ship's machine shop, and at times he also provided fire control on the main deck. Mr. Cichelli was Honorably Discharged on 9 January 1946 with the rank of Chief Machinist's Mate (CMM) (Chief Petty Officer). For his WWII Naval Service to our Nation, CMM Cichelli was awarded: Navy Good Conduct Medal; Navy Unit Commendation Award; Navy Combat Action Ribbon; American Campaign Medal; Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal w/7 Campaign Stars; Philippine Liberation Ribbon w/Bronze Star; Philippine Presidential Unit Citation; WWII Victory Medal; Meritorious Mast. Mr. Cichelli was also a 70+ year American Legion Member in Retsof and Leicester.



Primary Staging Time: 8:00 A.M.
Rector-Hicks Funeral Home
111 Main Street
Geneseo, New York - 14454
(Next to Geneseo Police Dept.)
(Please park in Municipal Lot behind Funeral Home.)
Ride Captain:
Don Higgins
Special Instructions:
Prayer Service at Funeral Home at 9:00 AM
Followed by Escort to
St. Lucy's Church
2770 Retsof Ave.
Retsof, NY 14539

Funeral Mass at 10:00 AM
Followed by Escort to
St. Mary's Cemetery
Crossett Road, Geneseo
Burial with Full Military Honors

Please do whatever you are able to Honor the WWII Naval Service of CMM Alex Cichelli, and to support his proud and loving family.
Please arrive on time with a clean 3x5 American Flag or a US Navy flag, and dress for the weather.
If you choose to ride, please ensure your large bike flags are properly placed and securely attached for the two escorts.

Don Higgins
Senior Ride Captain
PGRNY Region-1
Flags & Water:
Flags Will NOT Be Provided, Please Bring Your Own.
Large Bike Flags will NOT be needed.
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:
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!

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