Honor Mission
John Gettings
U.S. Army - Vietnam Veteran, LEO

Penn Yan - 06/05/2021
Mission applies to the following Region(s): Region 2
About the Mission: John was born on January 7, 1942, in Troy New York. He was raised in Penn Yan and graduated from Penn Yan Academy in 1960. John’s life was dedicated to the service of his country and to his fellow neighbors and citizens of Yates and Steuben counties. After High School, he became a patrolman for the Penn Yan Village Police Department and worked there until he volunteered in June 1966 to serve his country for two years as a Military Police Officer in the US Army and was stationed in Vietnam; seeing extensive action around Hue during the Tet Offensive. In 1968, he resumed his duties as a Penn Yan Village Police Officer, retiring in 1989 as a Sergeant after 25 years of service. He went on to serve for 17 years as a food delivery truck driver for the Bath Veterans Administration Medical Center in Bath, New York.

Primary Staging Date: 06/05/2021
Primary Staging Time: 12:20
AM or PM: pm
Staging Location:

Townsend-Wood & Zinger Funeral Home
201 E Elm St,
Penn Yan, NY 14527


Lead Ride Captain: Nigel Heaton
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Special Covid-19 Mission Guidelines:
Updated 25 May 2021
  • While in any outdoor setting, fully vaccinated PGR members will no longer be required to wear masks but are asked to act responsibly and respect their fellow members decision on this issue. For the protection of others, non-vaccinated members are asked to please wear a mask.
  • For the immediate future, all PGR members will continue to wear masks and social distance while indoors during a mission.
  • Masks will be worn at any other location where organizers, requestors, or the Lead Ride Captain has determined that this be done.
  • Going forward, the Lead Ride Captain for any mission will be responsible for determining whether PGR members will have to mask up or not. Please respect the LRC’s decision on these matters.
  • Here is the link for the Current NYS rules: Current NYS Guidelines
  • Click this url to review: CDC - Current Guidelines
Special Information:

The PGR will form a Flag Line at 12:30, the Service will start at 1:00 pm. The service will last 3/4 to 1 hour. It is expected to be hot weather so please have water with you. We can take a short break at 1:00 but need to be back at 1:30. Once the service is over Mrs. Gettings only asks due to the weather we maintain our Flag Line for a short while for all in attendance to see. At that time our mission is over. She did invite us to the American Legion for food and beverage. She also mentioned a brief stop at the Cemetery for Honors. We will discuss once the service commences and if we also continue on to the Cemetery.

Please do what you can to honor this American hero and to support his family and friends.

Is there a Second Stage to this Mission? no
Submitted by: Nigel Heaton
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