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.
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"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.
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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
PGRNY Current Missions
- R2/3, Honor Mission - Nicholas J. Schillo, US Air Force, Vietnam Veteran, Tue., 09/28/2021, North Syracuse, NY
- R4/5, Honor Mission - Charles W. Smith, US Army, WWII Veteran, Wed., 09/29/2021, Elizabethtown - Keene, NY
- R6/7 Honor Mission - Narcisa T. Whitten, US Air Force, ODS Veteran, Fri., 10/01/2021 - Hopewell Junction, NY
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.
Honoring and being Honored...
PGRNY arrived at Ernie Pyle Center with our flags ready to stand a flag line but were asked to put them back in our bikes - "We have this one," we were told by the 1174th Deployment & Distribution Battalion Honor Guard, Fort Totten, NY.
We were invited to take seats in the front of the hall, that we were guests of honor today.
Toward the end of the Retirement Ceremony, we were asked to come up to the front to accept a Certificate of Appreciation from the Battalion, which was accepted on behalf of Patriot Guard Riders across the country.
Thank you on behalf of all PGR!
For a complete listing of all Announcements, visit the Announcements page found in our navigation.
Region 8 Announces RC Kevin Tirman
Kevin served in the US Air Force and then the Nassau County Police Department. He is currently the President of the American Legion Riders in Nassau County - Post 1033 - Elmont. He is also the Vice President of the American Legion Post 1132 - Seaford. He's got a good head on his shoulders and he...
Region 8 Announces RC William Byrne
Although a civilian, like myself, there is nothing Bill won't do for a veteran in need. Our local Marine Corps League has made him an Associate Member because of his actions, presenting him with an official red Marine Corps cover that is indistinguishable from that of the actual Marines. Bill is an...
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...
Thank You Notes
For a complete listing of all Thank You Notes, visit the Thank You Notes page found in our navigation.
R8/9 Honor Mission - John Malone
Aug 15, 2021 This is a very belated thank you. My husband John Malone Special Forces Army Vietnam War Udorn Thailand passed Jan 9,  and you and your Patriot Guard Riders escorted us to Church and to Calverton from Walker Funeral Home Merrick & Cure of Ars Church Merrick. I don't have to tell you how...
R2/4/5 Honor Mission - PVT Charles Andrews
Thank you! No man left behind. No man left behind. Today our family laid to rest my great Uncle Pvt. Charles Andrews remains from World War II in 1944. 'Uncle Charlie' entered the US Army in December 1943, killed in action December 1944. His remains were never identified until about 4 years ago...
R4/5 Honor Mission - Herber F. Sosedow
A thank you note from the family of Herber F. Sosedow
R2/3 Honor Mission - Gordon C. Lane
Good Afternoon, I just wanted to thank you for the spectacular job you did. From getting an engraved plaque done to presentation. It was amazing. Kudos and hugh THANK YOU from the family. Keep up the great work. It is truly appreciated. Respectfully, Wendy A....
R1/2 Honor Mission - Robert F. Steiger
From the daughter of Navy Veteran Robert F. Steiger. 08/04/2021 Mission, Region-1 Don , What a beautiful tribute there was for my dad today. And the plaque that you did was the most beautiful thing my mother is so so proud. My sister and I want to thank you. All those motorcycle guys and girls...
R1/2 Honor Mission - Alfred L. Favre, Jr.
A Thank You note from the family of Alfred L. Favre, Jr.