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.



Memorial Mission

Gold Star Families Memorial Dedication

Albany, New York - 29 Apr 2017



America has many monuments honoring the patriots that have sacrificed their lives to protect our freedom, as well as those who have faithfully served in our nation’s armed forces. There is one group of citizens however, that has not been properly recognized in this manner – Our Gold Star Families.

Last year, the Gold Star Families of the Capital District, in partnership with the Tri-County Council of Vietnam Era Veterans initiated a project to erect a Gold Star Families Memorial Monument in Lafayette Park, Albany. The monument is nearing completion, and the Patriot Guard Riders are privileged to have been invited to attend the dedication ceremony.

Having a Gold Star Families Monument in every community across the country is the vision of Mr. Hershel “Woody” Williams. Mr. Williams is a WWII United States Marine Corps veteran who fought at the Battle of Iwo Jima, and is a Congressional Medal of Honor recipient.

Mr. Williams’ devotion to duty, service members, veterans and their families began long before that battle and before he entered the Corps. As World War II began, Woody came into direct contact with families in his own community when he delivered Western Union telegrams informing the Gold Star families of the death of their loved one. Woody says that those experiences gave him a “greater appreciation for life and an understanding of a difference in death in the normal world as expected in life, and those lost serving in the military for their country". He noted that “consideration and recognition of the families of those lost in war was very inadequate.” This observation and his personal commitment to veterans and their families led him to help create the Hershel Woody Williams Medal of Honor Foundation in 2012.

The activities of this foundation allow Mr. Williams to continue his devotion and commitment to those who have served and the Gold Star families who have lost loved ones to that service above self. His foundation is focused on honoring Gold Star Families and their fallen Heroes by establishing Gold Star Families Memorial Monuments in communities in all 50 states, offering scholarships to Gold Star Children, sponsoring outreach programs and events, and educating communities about Gold Star Families and the sacrifice they have endured.

To date, Woody and his foundation are responsible for establishing 18 Gold Star Families Memorial Monuments across the United States with 45 other monument projects underway in 34 states. The Foundation continues to grow its reach by being involved in multiple initiatives across the country from Manchester, NH to Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii.

Mr. Williams will be present for the Monument dedication ceremony on Saturday. The Patriot Guard Riders are proud to be asked to stand and demonstrate dignity, honor and respect for our Gold Star Families, and Mr. Hershel “Woody” Williams, a true American Hero.


Primary Staging Time: 09:00 A.M.
Lafayette Park
Washington Avenue
In proximity to the Vietnam Memorial
Albany, New York - 12207
Ride Captain:
Ray Sestak

Bill Schaaf
Special Instructions:
Staging is 09:00 AM for 10:00 Dedication Ceremony. Street parking will be limited, so early arrival is suggested.
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.

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:
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!

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