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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. 

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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

John H. Gress, Sr.

USMC - WWII

Multi-City, New York - 09-23 & 24-18

 

ABOUT THE MISSION:

The Patriot Guard Riders have been requested to participate in the military honors funeral for WWII Greatest Generation Marine Corps hero - John Henry Gress, Sr.

John served as a corporal for the U.S. Marine Corp as a member of an assault engineer platoon, attached to the 1st Battalion, 25th Marines, 4th Marine Division for all operations, in WWII. He was in combat on Kwajalein Atoll-Roi Namur, Saipan-Tinian, and Iwo Jima. He is noted for raising, “OLD GLORY” the American Flag, on Saipan to mark the securing of the island. Furthermore, he has been honored with many prestigious military awards including: the Purple Heart, Presidential Unit Citation with 1 Bronze Star, American Campaign Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with 4 Bronze Stars, WWII Victory Medal, Combat Action Ribbon, and Commendation Citation.

John’s platoon landed at Iwo Jima in the second wave as a member of an assault engineer platoon whose first job was to blow down a cliff that intelligence reported was there so the tanks could move inland. Intelligence was wrong, there was no cliff. At the end of the first day, there were 3 left in his 13 man squad. He was wounded late on the second day while helping to lead the tanks through a mine field. John believed valiantly in the efforts of the US Armed Forces and fought heroically.

PRIMARY STAGING DETAILS: 09-23-18
Staging Time:
2:30 p.m..

McLoughlin & Mason Funeral Home
8 109th St.
Troy, NY 12182

Ride Captain:

Bill Ryan
bryan83332@hotmail.com

Special Instructions:

3:00pm to 6:00pm - Stand flag line for calling hours.

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:  09-24-18
Staging Time:  09:30 a.m.

McLoughlin & Mason Funeral Home
8 109th St.
Troy, NY 12182

Ride Captain:

Bill Schaaf
billschaaf@aol.com
518-542-0608

Special Instructions:

9:30am - Stand Flag Line for arrival of family and friends.
10:00am - Dignified transfer to take place.

PGR will escort Mr. Gress from funeral home to:
Sacred Heart Church
310 Spring Ave, Troy, NY 12180

Flag line for dignified transfers.  Funeral Mass at 10:30am.  After Mass - PGR escort to Saratoga National Cemetery.

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.

STAGING #3 DETAILS:  09-24-18
Staging Time: 12:30 p.m.

Saratoga National cemetery
200 Duell Rd.
Schuylerville, NY  12871

Ride Captain:

Bill Schaaf
billschaaf@aol.com
518-542-0608

Special Instructions:

1:00pm Interment Service.  For those going directly to Saratoga National Cemetery, please be aware of any services taking place and proceed to parking area when such services are moving to completion.

Flags & Water:

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

Submitted By: Bill Schaaf
Position: 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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