Honor Mission

John B. Piechnik, Veteran
Albany, New York - 04 May 2018


The family of Mr. John B. Piechnik has requested the participation of the Patriot Guard Riders in his military honors funeral services. Mr. Piechnik, 94, died peacefully on Sunday, April 29, 2018.

Born in Albany and a lifelong resident, John attended St. Casimir’s Catholic School and was a graduate of Albany High School. He served proudly in the United States Army from 1942 until 1946 with the 315th Infantry Regiment. John was at the Battle of Normandy and was a recipient of the Purple Heart. He was honorably discharged in 1946 at the rank of Private First Class, and on May 9, 2014 he was honored with “The French Legion of Honor Award” for his bravery during WWII. It is the highest award the French can bestow to a non-native or French civilian. After the war, he was employed by the United States Postal Service until his retirement.

Portions of the above narrative are contained in John's obituary, available for viewing online at the Betz, Rossi, Bellinger & Stewart Funeral Home website at:

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 B. Piechnik, proud US Army WWII veteran and "Greatest Generation"

Primary Staging Time: 09:30 A.M.

McVeigh Funeral Home
208 N. Allen Street
Albany, New York - 12206

Ride Captain:

Don Miller, Jr.

Special Instructions:

Staging at the funeral home with flag line for the arrival of family. After a brief ceremony, dignified transfer followed by escort to the church for 10:30 AM Mass of Christian Burial:

Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church
607 Central Ave.
Albany, NY 12206

Following church services, members will escort to cemetery for interment with military honors:

Our Lady of Angels Cemetery
1389 Central Ave.
Albany, NY 12205

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

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