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

Richard M. Lehner Sr., Veteran

US Army - Korean War Era

MULTI-CITY, New York - 24 Apr 2017



The family of Mr. Richard M. Lehner, United States Army, Korean War Era Veteran has requested Patriot Guard Rider presence at his military honors funeral services.

Richard  M. “Dick” Lehner Sr., 83, passed away on April 19, 2017 at home surrounded by his family after a brief but courageous battle with cancer. Born in Albany NY, he graduated from Christian Brothers Academy in 1952 and served in the U.S. Army with the Corps of Engineers from 1953 to 1955. His MOS was 1729, Combat Construction Specialist. For his service, he was awarded the National Defense Service Medal and was Honorably discharged at the rank of Sergeant.

Upon his discharge, Dick returned home and attended Hudson Valley Community College, graduating in 1957. He began working for the American Telephone and Telegraph Company (AT&T), retiring in 1988. Dick filled his retirement years with his many hobbies and interests. He was a proud member of the NRA, the Bethlehem Sportsman Club, the Pioneers (Telephone Pioneers of America), and the ELKS. He volunteered as a member of the Pioneers for many years to repair broken toys for the Albany PBA, and repaired Books on Tape recorders for the blind and visually handicapped.

The Patriot Guard Riders are proud to have the opportunity to stand for and display dignity, honor and respect for the life and service of United States Army Veteran, and my friend, Mr. Richard M. Lehner.

Ray Sestak
Assistant State Captain
Eastern Region, PGRNY


Primary Staging Time: 10:00 A.M.
Daniel Keenan Funeral Home
490 Delaware Avenue
Albany, New York - 12209
Ride Captain:
Ray Sestak
Special Instructions:
Staging at 10:00 AM at the funeral home for the arrival of the family. Following a brief ceremony, PGR members will escort to the church for an 11:30 AM Funeral Mass:

St. Francis Assisi Church
391 Delaware Avenue
Albany, NY
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: 24 Apr, 2017

Staging #2 Time: 1:30 P.M.
Gerald B.H. Solomon
Saratoga National cemetery
200 Duell Road
Schuylerville, New York - 12871
Ride Captain:
Ray Sestak
Special Instructions:
For those members staging directly at the cemetery, please stage quietly at Interment Shelter #2, and be aware of any services in progress.
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:
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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