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.






Short Notice
Honor Mission

Ralph E. Andrew
US Navy, WWII Veteran

Hoosick Falls, New York - 02 Dec 2017


The family of Ralph Emerson Andrew has requested Patriot Guard Rider participation in his military honors funeral services. Mr. Andrew, 92 and a Hoosick Falls native passed on Wednesday, November 29, 2017.

Ralph left Hoosick Falls High School and enlisted in the US Navy at the age of 17. After training, he was assigned to the USS Weaver (DE-741), a Cannon-class destroyer escort. The Weaver served in the Pacific Ocean and provided escort service against submarine and air attack for Navy vessels and convoys. She returned home after the war with nine battle stars, far more than the average for destroyer escorts. Ralph served aboard the Weaver as a Gunners Mate throughout the Pacific during WWII.

After the War, Ralph was a self-employed appliance repairman for seventy years in the Hoosick Falls area. In 2008, he served as Co-Grand Marshall of the Hoosick Falls Memorial Day Parade.

Portions of the above narrative are contained within the Mahar Funeral Home obituary, which can be viewed here:

The Patriot Guard Riders are proud to have the opportunity to stand for and honor the life and service of Ralph Emerson Andrew, "Greatest Generation" hero.

Primary Staging Time: 12:15 P.M.        Note change in staging time.

Mahar Funeral Home
43 Main Street
Hoosick Falls, New York - 12090

Ride Captain:

Ray Sestak

Special Instructions:

Staging at the funeral home with flag line for the arrival of family and guests. After a brief ceremony, riders will escort to the cemetery for interment with full military honors:

Hoosick Rural Cemetery
344 Co Rd 95
Hoosick, NY 12089

Extended forecast is for clear, cold conditions. Please dress appropriately and ride only if conditions permit.

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

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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