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

Our primary mission is to attend the funeral services  for; military personnel, honorable discharged veterans, and first reponders who die in the line of duty. This form must be completed by a family member. Our attendance is by request of the family only.  Funeral mission 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

These missions are 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 honoring 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.

Programs

Patriot Guard Riders of New York has special programs; Help On The Homefront and the Veteran Recovery Program. 

Learn more about each by clicking their logo!

Help On The Homefront

Help On The Homefront logo

Veteran Recovery Program

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PGRNY Membership

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.

Our News

Acknowledgements

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.

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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.

Announcements

For a complete listing of all Announcements, visit the Announcements page.

  • 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

For a complete listing of all Thank You Notes, visit the Thank You Notes page.

  • 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...

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