******UPDATE 5/13/11******

Just a reminder about this weekends upcoming Honor Mission.  This will be a large event in which the PGR escort and Flag lines will play an integral part.  Please re-visit the information on this mission post.  Be at the Mechanicville High School parking lot for registration check in at 8:00am and further instructions as to how we will assemble in the cemetery for the ceremonies.

We may have to be parking in some areas within the cemetery - on grass - so please bring your kick stand feet with you.

The ceremonies on May 15th should prove to be very significant given the large number of people that are scheduled to be in attendance and the number or organizations participating - and the PGR is a big part of the day.

Let's have a great turnout.

Bill Schaaf
PGR - Asst. State Captain


******Original Posting******

Honor Mission – Civil War Sesquicentennial Commemorating Col Elmer E. Ellsworth. Sunday, May 15th, Hudson View Cemetery, Mechanicville, NY – Ceremonies beginning at 9:30am.

The organizing committee – The Department of New York, Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War - has invited the Patriot Guard Riders to not only participate in this event but to take a leadership role – the PGR will lead off the parade and escort to the cemetery – our flag lines will also be prominently featured this day.

A little more about the ceremonies.    Col. Elmer E. Ellsworth worked in Abraham Lincoln’s law office and was an organizer of a Zouave Unit.  Col. Ellsworth accompanied Lincoln on the train to his inauguration.  Col. Ellsworth was killed while removing a Confederate Flag – because it was visible from the White House - from the top of a hotel in Alexandria, Virginia on May 24, 1861 the day after Virginia had seceded from the Union.   Col.

Ellsworth is understood to be the very first Union casualty of the Civil War. His body laid in state at the Rotunda of the National Capital and his death resulted in a large increase in enlistments in the North.

The 150th anniversary of Col. Ellworth’s death will be commemorated on May 15th in the town and in the cemetery where he was finally laid to rest.   The organizing committee has indicated that this will be a very large event with over 100+ groups and over 600 participants from all over the United States.

The 128th Allied Orders of the G.A.R. Dept. of N.Y. Encampment (Convention) will be in Albany May 13-15.  Col. Ellsworth’s services have been granted the status of a National Signature Sesquicentennial Event – which means this event will be the National destination for Civil War Re-enactors – by the hundreds.  

Staging Info:   Where: Mechanicville Public School, 25 Kniskern Ave, Mechanicville, NY Stage at the rear parking lot. Registration begins promptly at 8:00am.   PGR will then be directed to a staging area just inside the cemetery – which is just down the street from the school.  PGR motorcycle escort will be the first group to proceed to the Col. Ellsworth gravesite.

PGR will then form a number of flag lines leading up to the gravesite and around the stage set up for this occasion.

This is what I have so far.  There will be some fine tuning.  All the PGR has to do is be there that morning of the 15th at the Public School to register.   To have been given the opportunity to participate in this manner is a great honor and privilege for the Patriot Guard Riders and it reflects on all of the good work you have done over these many years.

Bill Schaaf Patriot Guard Riders NY – Asst. State Captain Senior Ride Captain  - Region 5 V.P. PGR NY Board of Directors Veteran Recovery Program State Coordinator This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 518-542-0608


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