Patriot Guard Riders New York
Who We Are
PGRNY is a diverse group of patriots who come together to show respect and support to US service members, honorably discharged veterans, first responders who die in the line of duty, and their families by standing flag lines and providing escorts at memorial services, only at the request of the family. We also stand flag line for other events honoring veterans and military personnel by request. We do not have meetings, dues, or most of the other membership requirements of other organizations. Many of our members share a love of motorcycles and many are veterans, but neither is a requirement. The only thing our members do have in common is a deep feeling of appreciation of the sacrifices that our military and first responders have made and continue to make.
We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit and 100% volunteer organization. Any donations received go directly to members of the Armed Services, veterans, families of deployed service members, and Gold Star families in need through our Help on the Homefront (HOTH) programs: Veteran's Financial Assistance Program and Veteran's Furniture Assistance Program. A small portion of the funds raised goes to the families of veterans in the form of a plaque at memorial services.
Request A PGRNY Mission
"Standing For Those Who Stood For US"
Missions are one of the ways Patriot Guard Riders New York, Inc. (PGRNY) show support for US service members, veterans, and their families.
Missions vary greatly and can include standing flag lines or providing escorts to veterans for such diverse events as calling hours, gravesite services, the return home of veterans on Honor Flights and active military personnel from overseas assignments, as well as for ceremonies honoring veterans, etc. It is our honor to attend these missions and there are no fees or expenses incurred by the requesting family or organization.
Effective immediately: Fully vaccinated NCA employees, on-site contractors, volunteers, to include honor guards, and visitors are no longer required to wear masks indoors or outdoors on NCA properties or in NCA facilities consistent with the updated guidance issued by the CDC Interim Public Health Recommendations for Fully Vaccinated People released, May 13, 2021. Those who are not fully vaccinated should continue to follow existing CDC guidance and preventative measures for unvaccinated individuals.
This guidance includes:
- Wearing a mask that covers your nose and mouth
- Maintaining 6 feet distance from others not from your same household
- Avoiding large crowds and/or poorly ventilated areas
- Washing hands and using hand sanitizer frequently
For complete information please visit: VA.gov
Funeral Mission Requests
Event Mission Requests
PGRNY Current Missions
- R1/2, Honor Mission - Edward J. Wiese, Jr., U.S. Army, WWII Veteran. Mon. 06/14/2021 - Pembroke/Corfu, NY
- R1/2, Honor Mission - Fay E. Johnson, U.S. Army, Korean War Era, Volunteer F.D., Tue., 06/15/2021 - Corfu, NY
- R1/2, Honor Mission - Thomas Sikora, US Army Vietnam Veteran, PGR, Wed., 06/16/2021 - Elma/Darien Center, NY
- R1/2, UPDATED - Honor Mission - William Reeves, US Army, ARNG, US Navy Veteran, Tue., 06/15/2021, West Seneca, NY
- R1/2, UPDATED Honor Mission - Brandon Robert McMullen, U.S. Army National Guard, GWoT Veteran, Tue., 06/15/2021, Tonawanda, NY
- R2, Special Mission - Annual Elks Lodge Flag Day Ceremony - Mon., 06/14/2021 - Henrietta, NY
- R4/5, Honor Mission - Mary J. MacDonald, U.S. Air Force, Tue., 06/15/2021 - Schuylerville, NY
- R4/5, Honor Mission - Robert Lee Rapp, US Navy - Fri., 06/18/2021 - Saratoga Springs-Schuylerville, NY
- R4/5, Honor Mission - Robert V. Rainville, Sr., US Navy, Vietnam Era Veteran, Wed., 06/16/2021, Watervliet - Schuylerville, NY
- R4/5, HOTH Mission - Welcome Home Initiative, All Services, Wed., 06/16/2021, Greenwich, NY
One of the ways PGR members Honor the veterans who have served and continue to serve our country is to participate in Missions. The time they give to stand for those who have stood for us is greatly appreciated.
Simply fill out the form and submit. Based on the county you live in, you will be signed up for a region within New York State. You will receive Mission emails for your region. It is up to you whether or not you attend a mission. More information on membership is available here.
Rep. Zeldin Honors Patriot Guard Riders on House Floor. On April 12, 2018, Congressman Lee Zeldin (R, NY-1) honored the Patriot Guard Riders from Long Island and across the United States on the floor of the House of Representatives.
It's not about us...
However, we received recognition for our efforts in the form of a proclamation from Sulfolk County Legislator Leslie Kennedy, 12th District. Patriot Guard Riders of New York attended and stood honoring Daniel Pierce, USAF on November 5, 2020. There was no known family to see him to his final rest. PGRNY was asked to stand and honor him as part of his family.
Thank you Legislator Leslie Kennedy.
Region 9 Announces RC John Merkle
John Merkle has been an extremely solid member with the Patriot Guard. He has been to many missions in all kinds of weather to stand and honor our veterans. He is very level headed and has asked questions that show he is ready to take on the duties of a Ride Captain. John is also a veteran of the...
PGRNY Independent Financial Review
Patriot Guard Riders of NY Independent Financial Review During the Spring of 2020, the Patriot Guard Riders of New York, Inc. retained the services of a New York-based independent accounting firm, RBT CPAs, LLP. The firm was tasked with conducting an analysis of the fiscal processes and tracking...
Region 4 Announces RC - John F Mercier
Please join me in congratulating PGRNY Region 4 member John Mercier on his promotion to Ride Captain. John has been a dedicated member since 2018, and has demonstrated his passion for the PGR mission by standing for our fallen heroes at every opportunity. A native of Whitehall, NY, John graduated...
Region 9 Announces RC - Nicole Depalo
Nicole is a Blue Star mom who is dedicated to honoring and supporting veterans as well as first responders. She has shown the ability to organize a mission and to work well with any other groups that are in presence at a mission. Please join us in congratulating Nicole in her new position! Pete...
Region 8 Announces RCs - James & Theresa Martinelli
Terry and Jim are great candidates for the position of Ride Captains. They know our mission standards and how to uphold them. They are extremely dedicated to honoring veterans as they themselves are Gold Star Parents. It is an honor to put them forth as Ride Captains....
Region 2 Announces RC - Brian Chase
I am pleased to announce the appointment of Brian Chase as Region 2 Ride Captain. Brian has been a PGR member for 7 years and comes from a military family. His father served on a submarine during the Vietnam War, an aunt that served 24 years in the Army and a stepbrotherwho was a US Marine. Brian...
Thank You Notes
R1/2 Honor Mission - Robert G. Dusen
I wanted to send a big thank you for being present for my father in law, Robert Dusen. I also wanted to say to all of you WELCOME HOME. Thank you, Lynn Dusen
Region 4/5 Memorial Mission - Hartford NY Memorial Day Parade
Thank you Patriot Guard riders for participating in the Town of Hartford Memorial Day Parade yesterday. We can always count on you to show the flag and respect due to our fallen heroes. Dana Haff - Town of Hartford Supervisor.
R1/2 Honor Mission - Joseph L. Bittar
On behalf of my family, relatives and friends - THANK YOU for making my father's final wish come true. It was a wonderful and moving tribute and much appreciated. May God Bless each and everyone of you.
Region 1/2 Honor Mission - Jeffery D. Perry
To whom this may concern, On behalf of the Perry family, we truly are so appreciative and thankful for PGRNY for their service at Jeffries Celebration of Life service. Thank you for honoring those that have served our great nation. Sincerely, The Perry Family
Region 4/5 Honor Mission - Joseph P. Renehan
A thank you from the Renehan family.
Region 1/2 Honor Mission - Henry K. Erb
We received a phone call from Henry Erb's son the other day. Even after a year and a half, his son was thanking us for the mission for his dad's funeral and stated it was fantastic. As he put it, his call was long overdue and wanted to make a donation to PGRNY. He was so pleased with the plaque...