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.
Standing For Those Who Stood For Us.
What are Missions
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.
There are two types of missions: Funeral and Event.
Funeral Mission Requests must be made by a family member. Funeral requests may be to stand a flag line at the funeral home and/or church service; provide an escort to the cemetery, and/or stand a flag line at the cemetery. It is up to the family to determine how much representation they wish from PGRNY.
Event Mission Requests are for any ceremony or event other than a funeral and can be made by an organization or individual. These requests may be to stand a flag line at the airport for returning veterans or active military personnel; stand a flag line for various ceremonies honouring veterans, provide escorts of veterans to various events, participate in parades as an escort to veterans, etc. It is up to the requesting organization or person to determine what type of representation is wanted from PGRNY.
To request a Mission, click on the appropriate Mission Request.
PGRNY Current Missions
- R1/2, Honor Mission - Harry R. Wisniewski, U.S.Army, WW II Veteran, Mon., 09/23/2019 & Tue., 09/24/2019 - West Seneca/Elma, NY
- R1/2, Update: HOTH Mission - 10th Annual NY WWIA Upland NY Bird Hunt/Couples Retreat, Sun., 09/29/2019 - Palmyra NY
- R1/2, Very Short Notice Honor Mission - Eugene J. "Gene" Walentynowicz, US Air Force, Veteran, Fri., 09/20/2019 - Hamburg, NY
- R2, HOTH Mission - Twin Tiers Honor Flight Misson 9 Send-Off and Escort, Sat., 09/21/2019 - Binghamton, New York
- R2, Special Mission - Rochester VA Outpatient Clinic Ribbon Cutting Event, Thurs., 09/26/2019 - Henrietta, NY
- R2, Unofficial Mission - 29th Annual Vietnam Veterans of America Post 377 Watch Fire, Fri., 09/20/2019 - Lansing, NY
- R2/3, Honor Mission - Paul J. Allen, US Marine Corps, Vietnam Veteran, Sun., 09/22/2019 - N. Syracuse, NY
- R4/5, Honor Mission - Henry W. Miller, US Navy, WWII Veteran, Sat., 09/21/2019 - Latham - Albany, NY
- R4/5, Honor Mission - John Edward Konkol, U.S. Navy Veteran, Thur., 09/26/2019 - Hudson Falls / Schuylerville, NY
- R4/5, Honor Mission - John J. Schillaci, US Army, WWII Veteran, Mon., 09/23/2019 - Albany - Schuylerville, NY
- R4/5, Honor Mission - Leon F. Bourn, US Army, Vietnam Era Veteran, Mon., 09/23/2019 - Schuylerville, NY
- R4/5, Memorial Mission - 10th Annual Officer Edward L. Witko Softball Tournament, Sat., 09/21/2019 - E. Greenbush, NY
- R8/9, HOTH Mission - 50th Anniversary Vietnam Commemorative Medal Ceremony, Sat., 09/21/2019 - Garden City, NY
- R8/9, HOTH Mission - September East Northport VAMC Visit, Sat. 09/21/2019 - East Northport, NY
- R8/9, Updated Honor Mission - Bruce Antin, U.S. Army Airborne, Vietnam Veteran, Sun., 09/22/2019 & Mon., 09/23/2019 - Babylon / Calverton, 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.
Letter from Rep. Chris Collins
We received a very nice Thank You from Representative Chris Collins for PGRNY's recent participation in the National Vietnam War Veterans Day Commemorative Pin Ceremony.
News & Announcements
Region 3 Announces RC - Michael Villeneuve
We are pleased to announce the appointment of Michael Villeneuve of Massena, NY to Ride Captain for Region 3. Mike served in the US Army, Army Reserves and is active not only in PGRNY but also American Legion, Legion Riders and Sons of the American Revolution. He has a background in Criminal...
2019 - 7th Annual Heroes Run - June 15th
Patriot Guard Riders of New York Announces 2019 - 7th Annual Heroes Run Rochester, NY June 5, 2018 – Patriot Guard Riders of New York (PGRNY) is pleased to announce that they will be hosting the 7th Annual Heroes Run on June 15th, 2019 at Greece American Legion Post 468, 344 Dorsey Road,...
New Program of HOTH - Veteran's Furniture Assistance
PGRNY is excited to announce the expansion of its Help on the Homefront (HOTH) umbrella with the addition of another state-wide program; the Veteran's Furniture Assistance program. The Veteran's Furniture Assistance program is a volunteer outreach program that may provide a one-time delivery of...
Region 4 Announces RC - Jackie Haina
“We would like to welcome Jackie Haina to the ranks of the PGRNY Ride Captains. A PGR member since October of 2009, Jackie calls Schroon Lake his home. Appointed as Ride Captain in early January of this year, Jackie will help cover the PGR missions that take place in the vast expanse of the North...
Spencerport Kiwanis Club
Suburban News North dated February 3, 2019 featured an article about the Spencerport Kiwanis Club's guest speakers Beth Read and Donna Barnes. Their presentation was on the Patriot Guard Riders of New York and its mission and programs. They covered the primary mission of PGRNY and programs of Help On...
Closing of ROC HOTH Warehouse Program
December 2, 2018 Note from William (Bill) Schaaf, State Captain. The decision to shut down the HOTH PGR Warehouse operation was not a decision PGR leadership took lightly. We knew of the importance of this program, not only to the many hundreds of veterans this program helped, but of its...
Thank You Notes
Region 8/9 Honor Mission - James A. Conlon
On behalf of the family of SSGT James A. Conlon, we would like to extend our sincere thanks and gratitude to the Patriot Guard Riders-NY who stood flag line at the funeral home, church, and cemetery and provided an escort for our husband, dad, papa, and friend. He would have been truly honored...
Regions 1/2/3 - Honor Mission Sgt. Howard F. Gotts, WW II, MIA Returned
To the men and women of the Patriot Guard Riders, When I received the Army briefing regarding the identification of the remains of my great uncle, SGT Howard Gotts, I couldn’t help but feel regret that almost everyone who knew him personally had already died. My initial thought was that the most...
Region 8/9 - Honor Mission Robert A. Staudt
I just wanted to personally thank you for the amazing love and support that was shown at my GrandPop's service today. I was blown away. I've been in the fire service for over 20 years and the brotherhood I witnessed today literally brought me to tears. The professionalism and care that every...
Region 4/5 - Honor Mission Raymond Noah Gload
On behalf of myself and my family, THANK YOU!! Big Dan and the Patriot Guard were absolutely amazing, my Mom and my family were in awe. Mom has penned a thank you note which will go into the mail. This was the most beautiful emotional ceremony we have ever experienced! My Mom said she is finally...
Region 1/2 - Honor Mission Herbert Curtis, Sr.
On behalf of the family of Herbert M. Curtis, Sr. I would like to thank the Patriot Guard Riders for participating in the final service for Dad. We were overwhelmed by the kindness and respect shown to everyone in attendance, and the plaque presented to Mom at the end of the service was touching...
Region 4/5 - ENS Charles M. Stern, Jr. US Navy - KIA
Dear Ray, Thank you again for all your help. We mailed a donation in last week. Regarding your website, would you kindly put this message on if you can. Many thanks for your assistance with the funeral service for Ensign Charles Stern on both July 19 upon his arrival at the Albany International...