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.



***Updated 11/08/17 at 11:40 A.M.***
Staging times have changed for the
Saturday portion, see below in red.


Honor Mission

SGT Nicholas H. Newell
Active Duty

MULTI-CITY, New York - 08 and 11 Nov 2017


The family of United States Marine Corps Sergeant Nicholas Harold Newell has request Patriot Guard Rider participation in his military honors funeral services. SGT Newell died suddenly as a result of a motorcycle accident on October 29, 2017 in Oceanside, CA. He was 24 years of age.

SGT Newell was born in Troy, NY and was a 2011 graduate of Tamarac High School. Shortly after graduation, he joined the United States Marine Corps and went on to attend Military Police School. He was awarded Distinguished Honor Graduate and, in April of 2012 transferred to the 3rd Law Enforcement Battalion in Okinawa, Japan. He was selected to become a Military Working Dog Handler (MWD), and was awarded "Top Dog" upon graduation from training. He was promoted to Sergeant meritoriously after attending several MWD schools.

SGT Newell spent several years supporting training operation all over the Pacific, and in 2014, transferred to Joint Base San Antonio Lackland AFB to act as Specialized Search Dog (SSD) instructor. In April of 2015, SGT Newell attended Marine Special Operations Assessment and Selection. After selection in January of 2016, he attended the Individual Training Course and graduated as a Marine Raider (Critical Skill Operator). He was then stationed with the 1st Marine Raider Battalion, Marine Special Operations Company Delta, Marine Special Operations Team 8143. He was married in January of 2017.

View his complete obituary here:

The Patriot Guard Riders are proud to have the opportunity to stand and render dignity, honor and respect for the life and outstanding service of SGT Nicholas H. Newell, proud United States Marine.

Primary Staging Time: 4:15 P.M.

Albany International Airport
Parking area South of Airport Fire Department
Jetway Drive
Colonie, New York - 12211

Ride Captain:

Ray Sestak

Special Instructions:

Riders will escort funeral cortege to funeral home:

Bryce Funeral Home
276 Pawling Avenue
Troy, NY 12180

For safety reasons, cagers are asked to stage directly at the funeral home, forming flag line for the arrival of the procession. Please park on side roads so as not to block incoming traffic. ETA expected between 5:45 and 6:45 PM.

Please note that times are subject to change. Please watch your e-mail for updates.

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: 11 Nov, 2017
Staging #2 Time: 08:00AM.<-------Staging time change.

Bryce Funeral Home
276 Pawling Avenue
Troy, New York - 12180

Ride Captain:

Ray Sestak

Special Instructions:

Staging at the funeral home for the arrival of family and guests. Upon completion of dignified transfer, riders will escort to church:

Brunswick Church
42 White Church Lane
Brunswick, NY 12180
           Staging at church at 08:30 A.M.

Church services scheduled for 10:00 AM, followed by interment at Eagle Mills Cemetery.

Please note: Rather than staging at the funeral home, cagers are requested to stage directly at the church, forming a flag line for the arrival of the procession. Please park out of the way in the lot directly across the street from the church.  Interment will take place at Eagle Mills cemetery immediately following church services.

Flags & Water:

Flags Will NOT Be Provided, Please Bring Your Own.
Large Bike Flags will 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

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