Honor Mission
Ronald J. Burke
US Army - Korean War Era Veteran
Albany, NY - 03/10/2021
***UPDATED 09 March 2021 - 14:55 hrs***
Updated to include riders-only staging at funeral home
Mission applies to the following Region(s): Region 4, Region 5
About the Mission: The Patriot Guard Riders will stand in silent honor for the life and service of Ronald J. Burke. Ronald served in the United States Army from 11 May 1953 until his honorable discharge at the rank of Corporal on 29 April 1955. He was assigned to Company M, 53rd Regiment, and spent 1 year and 4 months stationed in Alaska. For his service, Ronald was awarded the US Army Good Conduct Medal and the National Defense Service Medal.
Primary Staging Date: 03/10/2021
Primary Staging Time: 12:15
AM or PM: pm
Staging Location:

McVeigh Funeral Home
208 N. Allen St.
Albany, NY 12206

Lead Ride Captain: Ray Sestak
Lead Ride Captain email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Lead Ride Captain Phone #: 518-669-3358
Special Covid-19 Mission Guidelines:

The Mandatory Rules for Covid-19 protection practices...these WILL be strictly enforced.

  • Stay a minimum of 6 feet apart from each other at all times.
  • No handshaking or any other physical contact of any kind..
  • Follow all Covid-19 protection practices as described on the CDC website.
  • Click this url to review: CDC - Prevent Getting Sick
  • Here is the link for the NYS rules: NYS Guidelines
  • * If you are not feeling well in any way, please do not attend this Mission.
  • ** ADDITIONAL MANDATORY REQUIREMENT: Wearing a protective face covering of some kind is required...homemade face-mask, bandanna, etc. (Patriotic face coverings would be particularly appropriate) This will not only provide an extra layer of protection to ourselves and others, but will send the message that the PGR takes this crisis seriously and is performing this Mission responsibly.
Special Information: Note:  Riders-only staging at the funeral home with a flag line for the dignified transfer.  Escort to Blessed Sacrament Church to follow.
Is there a Second Stage to this Mission? yes
Second Staging Date: 03/10/2021
Second Staging Time: 12:30
Second Stage - AM or PM: pm
Second Location: Blessed Sacrament Church
607 Central Ave.
Albany, NY  12206
Second Lead Ride Captain: John Mercier
Second LRC Email and Phone #: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Second Stage - Special Information:  Staging at the church with a flag line for the arrival of the funeral cortege. Church services scheduled for 1:00 pm, followed by escort and interment at Our Lady of Angels Cemetery, 1389 Central Avenue, Albany.

For those wishing to pay respects on their own, Visitation will be held between 11:00 am - 12:30 pm at McVeigh Funeral Home, 208 N. Allen St., Albany.
Submitted by: Ray Sestak - ASC
Email of Submitter: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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