As we are approaching the holiday season, it's an excellent time to remember our fallen and their ultimate sacrafice; another way to remember them is to sponsor a wreath.  Sponsoring a wreath through Wreaths Across America is easy.  Whether at Saratoga National Cemetery or another cemetery where you wish to have a wreath placed. Just click on the image to enter Wreaths Across America.  Simply click on the DONATE at the bottom of their page.  Thank you.

The Patriot Guard Riders of Eastern New York have once again been granted Group Sponsorship status within the Wreaths Across America organization. So what does our Group Sponsorship status mean? Well for every two wreaths that are ordered - using our group code – Wreaths Across America will donate another wreath - we get 3 for 2. 


To sponsor a wreath at Saratoga National Cemetery click HERE.

If you would rather mail in an order, click ORDER FORM.


Thank you.



Honor Mission

John E. Ryan, Veteran

USMC, LEO - Retired

Troy, New York - 14 Jul 2017


The Patriot Guard Riders have been requested to participate in the military honors funeral for United States Marine Corp PFC John E. Ryan. Request was made by his son, Patriot Guard Rider Ride Captain Bill Ryan.

In 1948 John Eugene Ryan joined the US Marine Corps in order to serve his country. His was assigned to the Corp's Artillery and served honorably until his discharge in 1950. After returning home he worked in the private sector for a while until joining and eventually retiring as a Deputy of the Rensselaer Country Sheriff's Department. John was heavily into the Martial Arts becoming a Karate instructor - to include those members of the Sheriff's Department.

The Patriot Guard Riders will be privileged to be there to render honor, dignity and respect for the life and service of John E. Ryan - to be there to provide some level of comfort for PGR RC Bill Ryan, his brother and sister and for the extended family.


Primary Staging Time: 9:00 A.M.
McDonald & Son Funeral Home
870 2nd Ave.
Troy, New York
Ride Captain:
Ray Sestak
Special Instructions:
9:15am - Flag line at funeral home for arrival of family and friends
10:30am - Approx - Flag line for dignified transfer then escort to:

St. Augustine's RC Church
25 115th St.
Troy, NY
11:00am - Flag line for dignified transfer into church. Mass of Christian Burial then:
12:00pm - Approx - Flag line for dignified transfer out of church then escort to:

St. John's Cemetery
250 Cemetery Rd.
Troy, NY
Flag line for dignified transfer to graveside. Flag line present for military honors.
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:
Bill Schaaf
Patriot Guard Riders NY - State Captain 
Veteran Recovery Program - NY State Coordinator
PGR NY Board of Directors - President

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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