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

Ellen E. McKnight
United States Army
WWII and Korean War Era Veteran

Castleton-on-Hudson, New York - 02 Nov 2017


The family of Ms. Ellen Elizabeth McKnight has requested Patriot Guard Rider participation in her funeral services.

Ms. McKnight, 98, passed away on Friday, October 27, 2017. Born in Castleton-on-Hudson, she was a graduate of Castleton High School, Class of 1937 and St. Luke's Hospital School of Nursing in New York City, graduating in 1940.

Ms. McKnight enlisted in the US Army Nurses Corps in 1943, serving one year and 6 months overseas. She was Honorably discharged in August of 1950, at the rank of 1st Lieutenant. For her service, she was awarded the WWII Victory Medal, American Defense Medal, American Campaign Medal and WWII Lapel Button.

After her military service, Ms. McKnight worked as a registered nurse and retired as the school nurse at Maple Hill High School. She was a communicant of Trinity Luthern Church, and member of the Castleton VFW Post 7337.

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 Ms. Ellen E. McKnight, "Greatest Generation" hero.

Primary Staging Time: 09:15 A.M.

Ray Funeral Home
59 Seaman Avenue
Castleton-on-Hudson, New York - 12033

Ride Captain:

Ray Sestak

Special Instructions:

Staging at the funeral home with flag line for the arrival of family and guests. Riders will escort to the church for memorial services with flag line during dignified transfer:

Trinity Luthern Church
68 Green Avenue
Castleton-on-Hudson, NY 12033

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: Asistant 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:
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

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