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

Francis "Frank" S. Christen, Veteran

USA, USAR, Fire - Retired

Cheektowaga, New York - 05 Aug 2017


We have been requested to stand in Honor of the Military and 1st Responder Service of Francis "Frank" Christen, who passed away on May 12th. Mr. Christen served in U.S. Army Active Duty from 1956-1958, and U.S. Army Reserves from 1958-1960. His Active Duty included 16 months service in Korea with Company B, 1st Battalion, 32nd Infantry Regiment, and his MOS was 111.10, Light Weapons Infantryman. Mr. Christen's Army Reserve duty was with Headquarters Company, 27th Armored Division in Buffalo. Mr. Christen was Honorably Discharged on 19 February 1960 with the rank of Sergeant (E-5.) For his Service to our nation, Sgt. Christen was awarded the Army Good Conduct Medal, the Army Expert Marksmanship Badge-Pistol, and Army Sharpshooter Marksmanship Badge-Carbine.
Mr. Christen joined the Buffalo Fire Department in December, 1963 and retired in 1984 with over 20 years of Service. Mr. Christen started and was Past Commander of AMVETS Post 68, was Past Captain of Brooks Hose Company Rescue Squad, and was EMT Certified.


Primary Staging Time: 12:00 P.M.
Mt. Calvary Cemetery
800 Pine Ridge Heritage Blvd.
Cheektowaga, New York - 14225
Ride Captain:
Don Becker
Special Instructions:
Stage at Main Office at 12:00 Noon.
Proceed to Grave Site at 12:15 to await family for 1:00 P.M. Service.
Mr. Christen will be interred with his late wife, Marion.
Please arrive on time with a clean 3x5 American Flag or US Army flag, and dress for the weather.
This is a relatively short Mission, please do whatever you're able to ensure we have a good PGRNY presence in Honor of the Military and 1st Responder Service of Mr. Christen, and in support of his loving family.
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:
Don Higgins, SRC, R-1

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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