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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Honor Mission

Joseph L. Chaplek, Veteran
USAAC - WWII

South Glens Falls, New York - 21 Oct 2017


ABOUT THE MISSION:

The Patriot Guard Riders have been requested to participate in the military honors services of Joseph L. Chaplek. Joseph, 101, passed away Wednesday, October 18, 2017 with his family by his side.

Born March 8, 1916 in Fort Edward, he graduated from Fort Edward High School, class of 1933. After high school, Joe proudly joined the United States Army, serving our country during World War II as a First Lieutenant, Squadron B 553rd AAF Base Unit. Stationed in Africa, he flew and completed 35 missions over Normandy, Northern France and Germany. Joe received multiple medals and commendations.

Joe was a communicant and charter member of St. Michael the Archangel Church in South Glens Falls, where he was a member of the Knights of Columbus Council — 11160 Rev. Robert A. Nugent Council. He was a member of the American Legion Mohican Post 553.

He retired from Scott Paper after 33 years of service, and was instrumental in establishing the first environmental pollution plant in New York state at Scott Paper.

Joe enjoyed golfing, working bingo, being an usher at church, hunting, fishing, telling war stories, maintaining his home, morning coffee at South Glens Falls in McDonalds with friends and spending time with his family.

The Patriot Guard Riders are proud to have the opportunity to stand for and render dignity, honor and respect for the life and service of Joseph L. Chapek, USAAC WWII "Greatest Generation" hero.


PRIMARY STAGING DETAILS: 21 Oct 2017
Primary Staging Time: 09:30 A.M.

St. Michael's Church
80 Saratoga Avenue
South Glens Falls, New York - 12803


Ride Captain:

Ray Sestak
rayspgrny@gmail.com
(518)669-3358


Special Instructions:

Staging at the church with flag line for the arrival of family. Following 10:00 AM service, PGR will escort to the cemetery for flag line during interment service:

St. Mary's Cemetery
225 Main St.
South Glens Falls, NY 12803


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: Ray Sestak
Position: Assistant State Captain

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

Or you may donate by credit card or Paypal

 

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