As we are approaching the holiday season, it's an excellent time to remember our fallen and their ultimate sacrafice; another way to remember them is to sponsor a wreath.  Sponsoring a wreath through Wreaths Across America is easy.  Whether at Saratoga National Cemetery or another cemetery where you wish to have a wreath placed. Just click on the image to enter Wreaths Across America.  Simply click on the DONATE at the bottom of their page.  Thank you.

The Patriot Guard Riders of Eastern New York have once again been granted Group Sponsorship status within the Wreaths Across America organization. So what does our Group Sponsorship status mean? Well for every two wreaths that are ordered - using our group code – Wreaths Across America will donate another wreath - we get 3 for 2. 


To sponsor a wreath at Saratoga National Cemetery click HERE.

If you would rather mail in an order, click ORDER FORM.


Thank you.



Honor Mission

Joseph L. Chaplek, Veteran

South Glens Falls, New York - 21 Oct 2017


The Patriot Guard Riders have been requested to participate in the military honors services of Joseph L. Chaplek. Joseph, 101, passed away Wednesday, October 18, 2017 with his family by his side.

Born March 8, 1916 in Fort Edward, he graduated from Fort Edward High School, class of 1933. After high school, Joe proudly joined the United States Army, serving our country during World War II as a First Lieutenant, Squadron B 553rd AAF Base Unit. Stationed in Africa, he flew and completed 35 missions over Normandy, Northern France and Germany. Joe received multiple medals and commendations.

Joe was a communicant and charter member of St. Michael the Archangel Church in South Glens Falls, where he was a member of the Knights of Columbus Council — 11160 Rev. Robert A. Nugent Council. He was a member of the American Legion Mohican Post 553.

He retired from Scott Paper after 33 years of service, and was instrumental in establishing the first environmental pollution plant in New York state at Scott Paper.

Joe enjoyed golfing, working bingo, being an usher at church, hunting, fishing, telling war stories, maintaining his home, morning coffee at South Glens Falls in McDonalds with friends and spending time with his family.

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 Joseph L. Chapek, USAAC WWII "Greatest Generation" hero.

Primary Staging Time: 09:30 A.M.

St. Michael's Church
80 Saratoga Avenue
South Glens Falls, New York - 12803

Ride Captain:

Ray Sestak

Special Instructions:

Staging at the church with flag line for the arrival of family. Following 10:00 AM service, PGR will escort to the cemetery for flag line during interment service:

St. Mary's Cemetery
225 Main St.
South Glens Falls, NY 12803

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

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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wHOTH Assistance Flyer

Our veterans are in need!

The Rochester Area HOTH Warehouse can always use your gently used furniture.  The ROC HOTH Warehouse will be picking up and delivering on November 18, 2017.  The second Saturday is Veterans Day and many PGRNY events are scheduled for that day.  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 Donate Items section and either call us at 585-866-1747 or fill out the Furniture Donation Request Pick-up Request Form.  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.

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