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As we are approaching the holiday season, it's an excellent time to remember our fallen and their ultimate sacrafice; another way to remember them is to sponsor a wreath.  Sponsoring a wreath through Wreaths Across America is easy. 

The Patriot Guard Riders of Eastern New York have once again been granted Group Sponsorship status within the Wreaths Across America organization. So what does our Group Sponsorship status mean? Well for every two wreaths that are ordered - using our group codes – Wreaths Across America will donate another wreath - we get 3 for 2. 


Important information 

Our Group Fundraiser Code is:  NY0057
Our Location ID is:  NYGSNS


To sponsor a wreath at Saratoga National Cemetery click HERE

If you would rather mail in an order, click ORDER FORM


 Thank you.




Honor Mission

Mark S. Gado

US Army - Vietnam

Retired LEO and PGRNY Member

Hopewell Junction, New York - 09-21 & 22-18



The family of US Army Vietnam Veteran, retired Law Enforcement Officer, and PGRNY member Mark S. Gado has requested Patriot Guard Rider participation in his military honors funeral services. Mark, 70, passed on September 16, 2018 after a long illness.

Born in Bronx, NY, Mark spent 29 years with the City of New Rochelle Police Department and two years as a federal agent with the Department of Drug Enforcement Administration. He was a 3rd generation Italian-American, a combat veteran of the Vietnam War, an accomplished author of several books, and a 9/11 first responder. Among his many achievements, Mark was exceptionally proud of returning to college and completing a B.S. and M.S in Criminal Justice from Iona College.

Mark found comfort in riding his Harley Davidson motorcycle with the Patriot Guard Riders, a group whose mission is to shield families of fallen heroes from those that would disrupt the services of their loved ones. Mark inspired his friends and family to respect our military, veterans, and first responders through his selfless actions.

Portions of the above narrative are contained in Mark's obituary, available for viewing online on the McHoul Funeral Home website here:

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 our brother PGR member, Mark S. Gado.

Staging Time:
3:45 p.m.

McHoul Funeral Home
895 Route 82
Hopewell Junction, NY 12533

Ride Captain:

John Otero

Special Instructions:

Staging at the funeral home with a flag line during visitation hours of 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. Ride Captain John Otero will not be available until about 5:30, so any senior PGR member attending, please coordinate flag line until that time. A very large law enforcement presence is expected.

Flags & Water:

Flags will not be provided 
Large Bike Flags will NOT be needed.
Water WILL NOT be provided, please bring your own.

STAGING #2 DETAILS:  09-22-18
Staging Time:  10:00 a.m.

McHoul Funeral Home
895 Route 82
Hopewell Junction, NY 12533

Ride Captain:

John Otero

Special Instructions:

Staging at the funeral home with flag line for dignified transfer. PGR will participate in motorized escort, as coordinated with LEO contingent. There will be a flag line at the church for the dignified transfer. Ride Captain to coordinate with Funeral Director for any further PGRNY involvement after church services.

St. Denis Church
602 Beekman Road
Hopewell Junction  12533

Flags & Water:

Flags will not be provided 
If you have a large flag bike, please bring it.
Water WILL NOT be provided, please bring your own.

Submitted By: Ray Sestak
Position: Assistant State Captain

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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 637

Wappingers Falls, NY 12590

Or you may donate by credit card or Paypal


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