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

Francis J. Nolan, Veteran

MULTI-CITY, New York - 18 Jan 2018


The family of Mr. Francis J. "Frank" Nolan has requested Patriot Guard Rider participation in his military honors funeral services. Frank, 91, passed on January 11, 2018.

Born in Albany, N.Y., Frank was raised in Rensselaer and attended Vincentian Institute. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy Amphibious Forces during WWII, and later served in Korea on the LST-979. He later served in the U.S. Air Force Reserve in Poughkeepsie N.Y.

After his service, Frank graduated from Siena College with a Business degree, and rose through the ranks from auditor to the Director of Export Financing at General Motors Acceptance Corporation.

Portions of the above narrative are contained in Mr. Nolan's obituary, viewable on the W.J. Lyons Funeral Home website online here:

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. Francis J, Nolan, US Navy and Air Force Reserve Veteran and "Greatest Generation" Hero.

Primary Staging Time: 09:30 A.M.

The Parish of St. John the Evangelist
and St. Joseph
53 Herrick St.
Rensselaer, New York - 12144

Ride Captain:

Special Instructions:

Flag line at the church for the arrival of the funeral cortege. Mass of Christian Burial scheduled for 10:00 AM, followed by interment at Holy Sepulchre, East Greenbush, NY.

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

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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