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, 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
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.
Updated guidelines for National Cemeteries from the National Cemetery Administration: “All Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) national cemeteries remain open and continue to provide interment for Veterans and eligible individuals during this health crisis. Committal services, which had been discontinued on March 23, will resume starting June 9 in all but two cemeteries. Families with interments scheduled on or after June 9 will be offered the option of a committal service at the time of interment. At Calverton and Long Island national cemeteries in New York, that option will be available starting June 22 provided state and local guidance permit. VA national cemeteries will contact families who were unable to hold a committal service due to the COVID-19 pandemic to arrange memorial services for their loved ones beginning in July.”
For complete information please visit: VA.gov
Funeral Mission Requests
"Standing For Those Who Stood For US"
Event Mission Requests
PGRNY Current Missions
- R1/2, Honor Mission - Richard Y. Willis, US Navy Veteran, Sat., 10/24/2020 - Hemlock, NY
- R1/2, Short Notice Honor Mission - Norman E. Queeno, U.S. Army, Vietnam Era, Thu., 10/22/2020 - South Buffalo, NY
- R1/2/3, Memorial Mission - Anniversary of the Beirut Marine Barracks Bombing, Fri., 10/23/2020 - Rochester, NY
- R4/5, Honor Mission - Edward D. Bushey, US Army, Korean War Veteran, Mon., 10/26/2020 - Fort Edward / Schuylerville, NY
- R4/5, Honor Mission - William F. Murphy, Sr., USAF, Korean War Veteran, NYARNG (Ret.), Albany PD (Ret.), Fri., 10/23/2020, Albany, NY
- R4/5, Short Notice Honor Mission - James P. Tarbell, US Navy, Vietnam Era Veteran, Thu. 10/22/2020 - Queensbury / Schuylerville, NY
- R4/5, Short Notice Honor Mission - SSG William T. Pleat, USA/NYARNG (Ret.), Vietnam Veteran, Thu., 10/22/2020, Albany - Schuylerville, NY
- R4/5, Short Notice Honor Mission, Captain Donovan R. Ayotte, Firefighter, Fri., 10/23/2020, Clifton Park, 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.
News & Announcements
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...
Message from National PGR Leadership:
Members of the Patriot Guard Riders, These are tumultuous times in the United States of America. That is an understatement. Your National Patriot Guard Riders leadership has received and continues to receive multiple requests to become involved in the upheaval in some way. I feel that you deserve...
Region 9 Announces RCs - Jim and Terry Martinelli
Jim and Terry Martinelli are our newest Ride Captains in the down state region. They live on the border of Regions 8 & 9 so they will be available for both those regions. They are a special team as they were introduced to the Patriot Guard Riders when we stood for their Son, SPC Anthony M....
HOTH Case Managers Announced
I am pleased to announce the appointment of Beth Read for Region 2 and Debbie Pennock for Regions 4 & 5 to our Help On The Homefront (HOTH) team as HOTH Case Managers. In their positions, Beth and Debbie will be responsible for presenting and training veteran agencies on PGRNY HOTH programs of...
Thank You Notes
Region 6/7/8 Honor Mission - Walter J. Merkle
I wanted to thank you all very much for the lovely send off my Dad received from the Patriot Guard of NY yesterday. We were all blown away by the pageantry, dignity and respect you showed my Dad and family, from start to finish...The funeral home honor guard, escort to, and from church - and my...
R8/9 Honor Mission - Peter S. Ristano
Good afternoon My family made a $200 donation today online to the Patriot Guard Riders to express our deep gratitude for honoring my mother’s beloved husband and our beloved father Peter S. Ristano. We will be eternally grateful for the services you provided at St Jospeh’s Roman Catholic Church,...
R8/9 Honor Mission - Frank Piccolo
To Our Patriots, Thank you for honoring my father and leading him to his final resting place. Please take this token of thanks for all you do for our hero veterans. God bless you all. With much thanks, Gail Mascaro (card enclosed)
R1/2 Honor Mission - Stanley J. Lubanski, Jr.
Mr Higgins, On behalf of myself and the entire Lubanski family, I want to sincerely thank you and the Patriot Guard Riders of NY for your involvement in my papa's (Stanley Lubanski) funeral ceremony today. Your kind words, thoughtful plaque and professionalism were a wonderful addition to the...
R8/9 Honor Mission - Michael E. Curley
My name is Michael Curley. Yesterday my Uncle and namesake Michael Curley was laid to rest in Calverton NY. I am a retired NYPD Detective who understands the meaning of camaraderie and of standing by one another in respecting those who have given of themselves in a life of service. My Uncle was an...
R8/9 Honor Mission - Wilton A. Sekzer
Mr. Cohen, my mother and I want to thank you and your fellow members from the bottom of our hearts for the escort you and your fellow members provided my dad. He was the definition of Patriotic and would have loved the send off he got. It was a bright spot on a rough day. If your organization...