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

Vincent S. Janenka, Veteran


Rensselaer, New York - 10 Jul 2017



The family of Mr. Vincent Stephen Janenka has requested Patriot Guard presence at his military honors funeral services. Vincent, age 95, passed away in God’s peace on July 5, 2017.

Born in the old South End of Albany, Vincent later moved to Rensselaer and graduated from Rensselaer High School in 1939. He answered the call of his country after the outbreak of the 2nd World War, enlisting in the United States Navy. He served in the Pacific Theatre at Guadalcanal, the Solomon Islands, the Marshall Islands, and at Noumea, New Caledonia, as well as other locations. He achieved the rank of Petty officer 1st Class. For his service, he was awarded the US Navy Good Conduct Medal, the WWII Victory Medal, WWII American Campaign Medal and the Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal.

After the war, Vincent worked for the United States Postal Service as a clerk and supervisor, primarily at the Pine Station in Albany. Vincent was a near lifelong Parishioner of the Catholic Church in Rensselaer, and a life member of the Knights of Columbus, life member of the American Legion, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

The Patriot Guard Riders are proud to have the opportunity to stand for and render dignity, honor and respect for the life and service of "Greatest Generation" hero, Vincent S. Janenka.


Primary Staging Time: 09:15 A.M.
Lyons Funeral Home
1700 Washington Ave.
Rensselaer, New York - 12144
Ride Captain:
Don Macomber
Special Instructions:
Staging at the funeral home for the arrival of the family. After a brief service, PGR will escort to:

St. John the Evangelist and St. Joseph
53 Herrick Street
Rensselaer, NY 12144

Following the conclusion of the 10:00 AM service, PGR will escort to:

Holy Sepulchre Cemetery
Holy Sepulchre Rd
Rensselaer, NY 12144
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.

Submitted By: Ray Sestak
Position: Assistant State Captain

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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