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 - CPO Ward Francis Neeley, U.S. Navy Retired, Vietnam Veteran, Sat., 08/17/2019 - Almond/Alfred, N.Y.
- R1/2, Honor Mission - Frank Earle Ganzenmuller, U.S. Army, WWII Veteran, Sat., 08/17/2019 - Clarence, NY
- R1/2, Honor Mission - Marvin M. Madison, U.S. Army, Korean War Era, Sat., 08/17/2019 - East Aurora / Marilla, NY
- R1/2, Honor Mission - Paul James Ruggeri, USMC, Vietnam Veteran, Sat., 08/17/2019 - Avon / Henrietta, NY
- R1/2, Short Notice Honor Mission - John J. Horvatis, U.S. Army, WWII Veteran, Sat., 08/17/2019 - Cheektowaga, NY
- R1/2, Special Event - 5th Annual Jason Johnston Scholarship Fund Ride, Sat., 08/17/2019 - Albion, NY
- R4/5, Honor Mission - Bruce A. Turnbull, U.S. Navy, Sat. & Mon., 08/17 & 19/2019 - Queensbury, NY
- R4/5, Honor Mission - Glenn A. Valentine, U.S. Navy, Korean War Veteran, Thur., 08/22/2019 - Schuylerville, NY
- R4/5, Short Notice Honor Mission - David M. Stone, US Navy, Vietnam Era Veteran, Sat., 08/17/2019 - East Berne, NY
- R4/5, Special Mission - Remembering the Vietnam Tet Offensive, Sat., 08/17/2019 - Stephentown, NY
- R6, UPDATED - Honor Mission - Patrick R. Coburn, USMC, Vietnam Veteran, Sat., 08/17/2019 - Dover Plains, NY
- R6/7, Special Mission - 4th Annual Veteran Appreciation Day Ball Game, Sat., 08/31/2019 - Wappingers Falls, NY
- R8/9, HOTH Mission - August East Northport VAMC Visit, Sat., 08/17/2019 - Northport, NY
- R8/9, Memorial Mission - Street Renaming in Honor of Mark “Ski” Gajewski, Sat. 08/17/2019 - East Patchogue, 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 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...
Region 8/9 Honor Mission - Edmund J. De Pinter
Wayne: My friend Ed DePinter was buried Monday. I want to express to you how satisfied, gratified and happy I was to see the reverence and respect your group was to my good friend. Please extend my thanks to the participants. Also could you please get back to me your mailing address? I would like...
Region 1/2 Honor Mission - Anthony J. Loffredo
Gentlemen, Your presence and regard for Anthony today is beyond words. Additionally the plaque blew me and the family away and we know was put together over the weekend through your own heroic efforts. If there is anything we can do for your organization, you have my email, just let us know. You...
R1/2 - HOTH Buffalo Stand Down Event All Branches Buffalo, N.Y. - 06/19/2019
THANK YOU!!!!!! We so appreciate you attending the Buffalo Stand Down to provide a flag line for our veterans as they entered the arena and at our Opening Ceremonies. What a beautiful site it was !!!! At the 2019 Buffalo Stand Down we connected 1327 veterans with services . Thanks again...