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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

John E. "Red" Parkinson, Veteran
USMC - Korea

MULTI-CITY, New York - 11 Apr 2018


The family of Mr. John E. "Red" Parkinson has requested Patriot Guard Rider participation in his military honors funeral services. Mr. Parkinson, 89, passed on April 7, 2018.

Mr. Parkinson was the last surviving member of the Frozen Chosin Resevoir Weapons Company, 3rd Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division. "Red", as he was known by his immediate family and family of veterans, had received various acknowledgements throughout his life. Wounded in action in Korea in May of 1951, Red was on the cover of the August 6, 1951 edition of Newsweek magazine, "Korea, The Road Back". He was featured in an article in 2014 of the Eastwick Press, he was inducted into the Veterans Hall of Fame by NYS Senator Kathy Marchione and was interviewed recently as a local veteran hero by Benita Zahn of Channel 13.

Red survived the frozen ordeal of combat around the Chosin Reservoir during the closing days of November and opening days of December 1950. In the days that followed, the 3-7 conducted a fighting withdrawal South, through Toktong Pass and onward to Hagaru-Ri at the southern end of the reservoir. Wounded in action, Red made it through the subsequent withdrawal and the eventual evacuation of U.N. forces at Hungnam the following month. He survived the war and received an honorable discharge from the Marine Corps as a Staff Sergeant in 1952. 

For his service, Red was awarded the Bronze Star w/Combat V, Purple Heart, Presidential Unit Citation w/1 star, Good Conduct Medal, Navy Occupation Service Medal, Korean Service Medal w/5 stars and the United Nations Medal.

Portions of the above narrative are contained in Red's obituary, available for viewing 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. John E. "Red" Parkinson, proud United States Marine and Korean War Veteran. Semper Fi!

Primary Staging Time: 09:15 A.M.

Thomas M. Barber Funeral Home
66 Armsby Rd.
Petersburgh, New York - 12138

Ride Captain:

Steve Flubacher

Special Instructions:

Staging at the funeral home with flag line for arrival of family and dignified transfer, followed by escort to cemetery for interment with full military honors.

Weather forecast is for 50+ degrees and sunny. Rider safety is always first and foremost, so if there are any concerns about road conditions, please utilize cages.

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 Apr, 2018
Staging #2 Time: 11:00 A.M.

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

Ride Captain:

Steve Flubacher

Special Instructions:

Interment with full military honors scheduled for 11:30 AM.  Please stage quietly and be aware of any services already 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

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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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