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

Michael E. LaVallee, Retired, Veteran

USN - Vietnam Era, USNR - Retired, Fire

Rotterdam, New York - 21 Jul 2017


The family of Michael Edward LaVallee has requested Patriot Guard Rider participation in his military honors funeral services. Mr. LaVallee passed away on Sunday, July 16th, 2017.

Born in Schenectady, Michael attended Schalmont High School and graduated in 1973. In September of the same year, he joined the US Navy. He spent 4 years active duty and 18 years reserves retiring in December 1995. While on active duty, his MOS was IC-0000, Interior Communications Electrician Petty Officer 2nd Class (E-5). He was Honorably discharged from active duty in September of 1977, and was awarded the National Defense Service Medal and Good Conduct Medal.

After his discharge, Mike joined the local fire department known as RJVFD. He worked his way up the ranks, captain, assistant chief, chief and now commissioner. He lived and loved for his guys at the department. He was a standing member of the Rotterdam Elks for 40 years and the Guan Ho Ha Rod and Gun Club for over 25 years. He loved to fish, hunt and ride his big toy, the Harley Ultra Classic with his buds the Wild Hogs.

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 Michael Edward LaVallee, proud US Navy Veteran, Firefighter and First Responder.


Primary Staging Time: 8:45 A.M.
DeMarco - Stone Funeral Home
1605 Helderberg Avenue
Rotterdam, New York - 12306
Ride Captain:
Mike Hogan
Special Instructions:
Staging at the funeral home with flag line for the arrival of the family. Visitation hours from 09:15 AM - 11:115 A.M., followed by a service at 11:15. Upon conclusion of the service, PGR will escort to Saratoga National Cemetery for a 1:30 P.M. interment service.
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.

STAGING #2 DETAILS: 21 Jul, 2017

Staging #2 Time: 1:00 P.M.
Gerald B.H. Solomon
Saratoga National Cemetery
200 Duell Road
Schuylerville, New York - 12871
Ride Captain:
Mike Hogan
Special Instructions:
For those staging directly to the cemetery, please do so quietly and be aware of any services already in progress. Please do not stage or remain at the Visitor Center area.
Flags & Water:
Flags Will NOT Be Provided, Please Bring Your Own.
Large Bike Flags will be needed
Water WILL NOT be provided, please bring your own.
Submitted by:
Ray Sestak

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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