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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Memorial Mission
Street Dedication


LCP Richard Rockenstyre
USMC, KIA - Vietnam

Albany, New York - 30 Sep 2017


ABOUT THE MISSION:

The Patriot Guard Riders have been invited to participate in a street dedication ceremony to be conducted in honor of LCpl Richard Rockenstyre. Richard, a graduate of Albany High School enlisted in the United States Marine Corps after graduation, and was killed on August 31, 1967 when the truck he was driving hit a mine in Quang Nam Province, South Vietnam. He was only 19 years old.

Gold Star Mother Mrs. Dorothea Rockenstyre, Richard's mother will be in attendance, as will other Gold Star Families. Mrs. Rockenstyre has served as President of the Gold Star Mothers Albany Chapter #11, and also as State President of the Gold Star Mothers Department of New York.

The ceremony will rename Hawk Street, between Washington Avenue and Elk Street, alongside Lafayette Park, LCpl Richard Rockenstyre Way. Lafayette Park is the site of the Albany Vietnam Veterans Memorial and the Gold Star Families Memorial Monument that was dedicated earlier this year.

Lets have a good PGR turnout in a show of support for Mrs. Rockenstyre, and to render dignity, honor and respect for the service and sacrifice of her son, LCpl Richard Rockenstyre.


PRIMARY STAGING DETAILS: 30 Sep 2017
Primary Staging Time: 09:45 A.M.

Hawk Street
West of Lafayette Park
Albany, New York - 12207
https://goo.gl/maps/icQdTKut3332


Ride Captain:

Bill Schaaf
billschaaf@aol.com


Special Instructions:

PGR members will stand a flag line for the arrival of dignitaries and guests, and during the dedication ceremony.

In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony will be conducted indoors at Albany City Hall.


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: Ride 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:
March 10
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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