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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. 

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 codes – Wreaths Across America will donate another wreath - we get 3 for 2. 


Important information 

Our Group Fundraiser Code is:  NY0057
Our Location ID is:  NYGSNS


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

Anthony F. Schmitz
US Army, WWII Veteran

MULTI-CITY, New York - 01 Dec 2017


The family of Anthony F. Schmitz has requested Patriot Guard Rider participation in his military honors funeral services. Mr. Schmitz, 93, passed on Saturday, November 25, 2017.

A lifelong resident of Albany, Anthony was a graduate of Vincentian Institute High School. He entered the US Army on 12 March, 1943, and while assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 157th Infantry Regiment, 45th Infantry Division, saw action in Naples-Foggia, Anzio, Rome, the Rhineland and Southern France. Anthony was Honorably discharged on 22 December 1945 at the rank of Private First Class. For his service, was awarded the US Army Good Conduct Medal, the Distinguished Unit Badge, European American Middle Eastern Service Medal w/Bronze Arrowhead, the WWII Victory Medal, the Combat Infantry Badge and the WWII Lapel Button.

After the War, Anthony attended and graduated from Siena College and went on to work at the US Postal Service and the Albany County Department of Social Services. Anthony had the honor of serving as the Grand Marshall of the 2012 Veterans Day Parade in Albany. Portions of this narrative were taken from the Lasak & Gigliotti Funeral Home Obituary. His complete obituary can be viewed here:!/Obituary

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 Mr. Anthony F. Schmitz, "Greatest Generation" hero.

Primary Staging Time: 09:30 A.M.

Lasak & Gigliotti Funeral Home
208 N. Allen St.
Albany, New York - 12206

Ride Captain:

Ray Sestak

Special Instructions:

Staging at the funeral home with flag line for the arrival of family and guests. Escort to church for 11:00 AM services will follow a brief ceremony:

St. Pius X Church
23 Crumitie Rd.
Loudonville, NY 12211

Escort to cemetery upon completion of church services. 
Please dress for the weather and ride only if weather conditions permit safe operation.

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: 01 Dec, 2017
Staging #2 Time: 1:00 P.M.

Saratoga National Cemetery
200 Duell Road
Schuylerville, New York - 12871

Ride Captain:

Special Instructions:

For those staging directly to the cemetery, please do so quietly, and be aware of any services in progress. Please do not gather at the Visitors Center. Interment services scheduled for 1:30 PM.

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: Ray Sestak
Position: Assistant State Captain

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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 637

Wappingers Falls, NY 12590

Or you may donate by credit card or Paypal


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