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

MAJ Donald W. Holleder, KIA
US Army - Vietnam

Rochester, New York - 17 Oct 2017


The Patriot Guard Riders have been requested to honor local hero Donald Walter Holleder, a United States Army Major who was killed in Vietnam, October 17, 1967.

Major Holleder was born in Buffalo, New York, and at age 13, he and his family moved to Irondequoit. He attended high school at the Aquinas Institute in nearby Rochester, where he was heavily recruited by a number of top college football recruiters, including West Point's offensive coach Vince Lombardi.  Donald elected to enroll at the United States Military Academy at West Point.

As a junior in 1954, he was named to the All-America team as an end. The following season, Army head coach Colonel Red Blaik asked him to move to quarterback. The team finished with a record of 6-3-0, including a rousing upset of Navy that led to Major Holleder's appearance on the cover of Sports Illustrated. One of Holleder's classmates at West Point was General Norman Schwarzkopf. They both graduated in the Class of 1956.

In 1967, Major Holleder requested to be sent to Vietnam, where he became the Operations Officer for 1st Brigade of the 1st Infantry Division.

During the Battle of Ong Thanh on Tuesday October 17, 1967, he and his commanding officer were overflying the battle in a helicopter. They observed the entire command unit on the ground had been killed and the remaining men were in serious trouble. Don volunteered to organize a rescue effort. Upon landing, Major Holleder secured three volunteers and rushed to the battle site. Running far in front of his volunteers, he was gunned down and killed by a sniper. The volunteers who accompanied him pulled him into cover behind a tree. Before they could apply emergency first aid, Major Holleder died. He is interred in Arlington National Cemetery.

On Tuesday, October 17, the Holleder Army Reserve Center will conduct a commemoration ceremony, marking 50 years since Major Holleder's death. As part of that commemoration, the Patriot Guard Riders will escort an American Flag that was flown over the Capitol on 3 August 2017 from Aquinas High to to the Reserve Center, while passing by Major Hollender's mother's gravesite, and her home where the telegram announcing his death in Vietnam was delivered. The trip is approx 30 miles total will take about 40-45 minutes. We will arrive at the Reserve Center, deliver the flag to the Honor Guard and stand a flag line for posting of the Colors. His daughters, West Point roommate and others will speak and watch a DVD chronicling this hero's numerous accomplishments.

We should have LEO assistance for escort/ intersection control, of flag -- Thru Webster. Feel free to meet and join at any of the approximate times / staging drive bys. Please watch your e-mail and check for updates on the PGRNY website for more info as I work out details with PD and hosts.

Primary Staging Time: 4:30 P.M.

The Aquinas Institute
1127 Dewey Ave.
Rochester, New York - 14613

Ride Captain:

Dave Nichols

Special Instructions:

Dignified transfer of flag--KSU 4:45-4:50 pm -- drive via 104 to Webster Union Cemetery, 345 Webster Rd @ Woodhull, drive through w pause. KSU 5:15-5:20 pm --- drive via Lake Rd. to 618 Lake Rd, private road, drive by pause. KSU 5:35-5:40 pm. Arrive @ Reserve Center 5:50-5:55 pm for transfer. Establish flag line 6 pm for ceremony.

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: Dave Nichols
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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