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

SCPO James F. Bland Jr., Retired


MULTI-CITY, New York - 27 Jul 2017



The family of Mr. James F. Bland, Jr. has requested Patriot Guard Rider participation in his military honors funeral services. Mr. Bland died Friday July 21, 2017.

Mr. Bland was born December 20, 1940 in Bradford, Rhode Island. He graduated from Stonington High School in Connecticut and in 1957, enlisted in the U.S. Navy. During his enlistment, he attained the rating of Gunner’s Mate (Missiles) Senior Chief Petty Officer (GMCS)(E-8) prior to retiring in 1981. For his Honorable service, he was awarded the Meritorious Unit Commendation, US Navy Good Conduct Medal w/1 Silver Star and 1 Bronze Star, National Defense Service Ribbon, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, the Vietnam Campaign Medal w/device and two Navy Battle Efficiency (Battle "E") Awards.

After his retirement from the Navy, Mr. Bland retired to McDuffee Road and worked various jobs in the area. He was an active communicant of Our Lady of Fatima R.C. Church in Delanson. James also was a member of the VFW and the Charleston Fire Department and Rescue Squad. He enjoyed woodworking, photography and painting.


Primary Staging Time: 08:30 A.M.
Our Lady of Fatima R.C. Church
1757 Alexander Rd.
Delanson, New York - 12053
Ride Captain:
Mike Hogan
Special Instructions:
Visitation is from 09:00 - 11:00 AM followed by escort to:

Gerald B.H. Solomon
Saratoga National Cemetery
200 Duell Road
Schuylerville, NY 12871

Interment scheduled for 2:00 PM
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: 27 Jul, 2017

Staging #2 Time: 1:30 P.M.
Gerald B.H. Solomon
Saratoga National Cemetery
200 Duell Road
Schuylerville, New York - 12871
Ride Captain:
Mike Hogan
Special Instructions:
For those members staging directly at the cemetery, please do so quietly and be aware of any services in progress. Please do not congregate at the Visitors Center.
Flags & Water:
Flags Will NOT Be Provided, Please Bring Your Own.
Large Bike Flags will NOT be needed
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

 (click on flyer to download)

wHOTH Assistance Flyer