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.

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Albany Memorial Day Parade

 Albany, New York - 29 May 2017


ABOUT THE MISSION:

The Patriot Guard Riders have once again been invited to participate in the Albany Memorial Day Parade on Monday, 5/29/17

This is always a very well attended event both in participants and just plain folks lining the street - especially if the weather is nice.


PRIMARY STAGING DETAILS: 29 May 2017

Primary Staging Time: 9:00 A.M.
Stage at corner of Central Ave and Partridge St.

While Central Ave. is open till about 9:00 am so early arrivals will park in the parking lot of Albany Tile and Marble (should be closed for the holiday). This parking lot is 50 yds West of Partridge St on the South side of Central. Once Central Ave is closed PGR will take up our spot on the North West side of Central and Partridge.

Once the street is shut down we usually line up in the middle of Central Ave. - to the left of the fire trucks.
Albany, New York -
Ride Captain:
Bill Schaaf
pgrnysc@gmail.com
billschaaf@aol.com
518-542-0608
Special Instructions:
GRAND MARSHAL:
Command Sergeant Major Robert Van Pelt:

Drafted into the Army in March of 1969, Bob enlisted for an additional year to be trained as a specialist in electronics. After training he served in-country in Phu Lam, Vietnam assigned to the First Signal Brigade. After his Vietnam service Bob was then assigned to the United States Army Strategic Communications Command, Camp Darby, Italy.

After returning to civilian life working at Con Ed, Bob joined the US Army's National Guard as a Multi-Channel Operator with the 187th Signal Brigade of the NY Army National Guard. He took various positions in civilian sector and military in Tennessee and returning to New York rejoining the 187th Signal Brigade in 1981. He progressed through the ranks to become the operations Sergeant Major of the Brigade in March of 1987. He was appointed to the position of Command Sergeant Major in Oct. 1991. Elevated to the State Command Sergeant Major position in June 2001. Bob retired from the NYARNG in June 2011.

The PGR can always be counted on to show up in big numbers and I hope this year is no exception. It's always gratifying to see and hear the reception we get from the public - and the reviewing stand gets a kick out of our somewhat noisy "salute".

So get to work on those duck walk inner thigh muscles and left hand grip. As always Flags,,,,,,,flags,,,,,,,,flags......

See you there..........
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.
   
Bill Schaaf
Patriot Guard Riders NY - State Captain 
Veteran Recovery Program - NY State Coordinator
PGR NY Board of Directors - President
pgrnysc@gmail.com

Our veterans are in need!

The Rochester Area Warehouse can always use your gently used furniture. Presently this program is in the Rochester, NY area only. The ROC HOTH Warehouse schedules pickups every second Saturday of each month unless otherwise posted.

Please visit our Facebook page, PGRNY - HOTH for detailed information.

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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 Request 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

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