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

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

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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