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

Joseph E. Burnell, Former POW
US Army, WWII Veteran

Ellenburg Depot, New York - 03 Nov 2017


Joe attended Cadyville, Dannemora and Peru schools. He was a World War II veteran and former POW, having served in the US Army from 42-45. He was a charter member of Peru VFW Post #309, and a lifetime member of Plattsburgh VFW Post # 120, and American Legion Post #20 in Plattsburgh. For many years, he volunteered as a van driver for Clinton County Veterans Services, driving fellow veterans to Albany so they could access medical services. Joe was thrilled to be able to go to Washington DC on the second trip of North Country Honor Flight in June, 2013. He was honored to be awarded a variety of medals for his World War II service during a ceremony on Veterans Day also in 2013. Joe became a member of Clinton Masonic lodge #155 in 1968, was a member of the Eastern Star and Shriners. As a Shriner he dressed as a clown for many summertime parades. A wonderfully written obituary can be found at

The Patriot Guard Riders will be honored to stand for Joseph Brunell to to render honor dignity and respect for his service and Wonderful Life we've lost another one of our greatest generation.

Primary Staging Time: 08:45 A.M.

Whispering Maple Memorial Gardens
5055 SR Route 11
Ellenburg Depot, New York - 12935

Ride Captain:

"Big Dan" Nolin

Special Instructions:

Graveside service at 09:00

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: "Big Dan" Nolin
Position: Senior Ride 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

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