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

Thomas A, Spierto, Veteran

USA - WWII

Valatie, New York - 17 Jul 2017

 



ABOUT THE MISSION:

I am sad to report that we have lost yet another member of the "Greatest Generation". Mr. Thomas A. Spierto, age 94 and three quarters, left this Earth on July 13, 2017.

Born in New York City, he grew up in Little Italy, proud of his heritage and neighborhood. In January of 1940, he enlisted in the U.S. Army, 258 Armored Division, starting in Fort Drum, NY. During WWII, he served in Ardennes, Central Europe, Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland and England. He was Honorably discharged in October of 1945 at the rank of Private and was awarded the American Defense Service Medal, the American Service Medal and the WWII Army of Occupation Lapel Pin.

He returned from the War and worked for the U.S. Post Office for over 30 years as a carrier in Manhattan, enjoying every minute of his interactions with people. When he retired from the Post Office, Tom and his family moved to the Albany area where he was an Ichabod Crane bus driver for a short time, then ran a parking lot in downtown Albany,

The Patriot Guard Riders are proud to have the opportunity to stand and render dignity, honor and respect for the life and service of Mr. Thomas A. Spierto, proud US Army veteran and Greatest Generation hero.


PRIMARY STAGING DETAILS: 17 Jul 2017

Primary Staging Time: 09:15 A.M.
Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home
1015 Kinderhook St.
Valatie, New York - 12184
https://goo.gl/maps/r12QcTtq1jn
Ride Captain:
Ray Sestak
rayspgrny@gmail.com
(518)669-3358
Special Instructions:
Staging at the funeral home for the arrival of the family. Members will escort to the church and, upon conclusion of services to the cemetery for interment services:

St. John The Baptist Church
1025 Kinderhook St.
Valatie, NY 12184

Cemetery is located directly behind the church.
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

 

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