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

Robert C. Benjamin
US Navy, WWII Veteran

MULTI-CITY, New York - 21 Dec 2017


I am sad to report that we have lost yet another member of the "Greatest Generation". Robert Clark Benjamin, 94, passed on Monday, December 18, 2017.

Born in Cooperstown, NY, Robert graduated from Philip Schuyler High School and enlisted in the US Navy on December 10, 1942. He trained as a Radioman and served aboard USS LST 584 and USS LST 1123. Landing Ship, Tank (LST), is the naval designation for ships built during World War II to support amphibious operations by carrying tanks, vehicles, cargo, and landing troops directly onto shore with no docks or piers.

For his service, Robert was awarded The US Navy Good Conduct Medal, American Theater Medal, Asiatic Pacific Medal, European Theater Medal, WWII Victory Medal and the Philippine Liberation Medal. He was Honorably discharged on January 24, 1946 at the rank of Radioman 2nd Class (T) - (PO2, E-5). After the War, Robert was employed by Clarity Publishing as a Plant Manager.

Portions of this narrative can be found in Robert's obituary shown on the Dufresne & Cavanaugh website at:

The Patriot Guard Riders are honored to have the opportunity to stand for and render dignity, honor and respect for the life and service of Robert Clark Benjamin, US Navy WWII Veteran and "Greatest Generation" Hero.

Primary Staging Time: 08:15 A.M.

St. Pius Church
23 Crumitie Rd.
Loudonville, New York - 12211

Ride Captain:

Ray Sestak

Special Instructions:

Staging at the church for the early arrival of family. Flag line during visitation hour 09:00 - 10:00 AM, followed by the Mass of Christian Burial at 10:15 AM.

Interment to follow at Saratoga National Cemetery at 12:30 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.

STAGING #2 DETAILS: 21 Dec, 2017
Staging #2 Time: 12:00 P.M.

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

Ride Captain:

Ray Sestak

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 Visitor Center.

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

Our veterans are in need!

The Rochester Area Warehouse can always use your gently used furniture. Presently this program is in the Rochester, NY area only. The ROC HOTH Warehouse schedules pickups every second Saturday of each month unless otherwise posted.

Please visit our Facebook page, PGRNY - HOTH for detailed information.

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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 Request 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!

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