Schenectady, NY - 02/23/2020
|Mission applies to the following Region(s):||Region 4, Region 5|
|About the Mission:||Each year, the Jewish War Veterans, Albany Post 105 conducts a Four Chaplains remembrance ceremony honoring Army Chaplains Lt. George L. Fox, Lt. Alexander D. Goode, Lt. John P. Washington and Lt. Clark V. Poling. As part of the remembrance ceremony, the Four Chaplains Brotherhood Award is presented to an individual “In recognition of outstanding service to all people, regardless of race or faith”. This years recipient of the Four Chaplains Brotherhood Award is our own Patriot Guard Riders of New York State Captain, Bill Schaaf.
Bill has more than a dozen years of supporting the veteran community in his role as a Patriot Guard Rider, Ride Captain, Senior Ride Captain and Assistant State Captain. Since 2016, he has served as State Captain and President of the Patriot Guard Riders Board of Directors. His personal efforts and devotion to others go above and beyond the spirit of volunteerism and Bill has touched the lives of thousands of veterans and families. Born and raised in Buffalo, Bill served in the Army from 1968 to 1971, leaving service with the rank of Sergeant. He remains currently employed as a licensed insurance broker.
In 2009, three years after he joined the Patriot Guard Riders, Bill was the lead coordinator for Patriot Guard honors for the three-day escort of remains of an unknown Civil War Union soldier brought home from the Antietam Battlefield for interment at the Saratoga National Cemetery. In a similar role, Bill became the state coordinator for the Patriot Guard Veterans Recovery Program that year, creating and managing a program that works with New York funeral directors to identify unclaimed cremated remains of veterans to ensure they receive military honors and interment. Under his direction, more than 200 unclaimed veterans have received their final honors and interment at Bath National or Saratoga National Cemeteries under his leadership. Not satisfied with all this, Bill is currently working with local volunteers to form a new charitable organization to address Post Traumatic Stress Disorder among our veterans.
For the last half century, this event has honored the Four Chaplains who gave their lives in the sinking of the troopship U.S.A.T Dorchester on February 3, 1943. It also honors those residents of the Capital District whose services and devotion in the practice of brotherhood are deserving of recognition.
I encourage you to learn more about the sacrifice of these brave individuals by reading the story of the Four Chaplains by clicking HERE.
|Primary Staging Date:||02/23/2020|
|Primary Staging Time:||01:45|
|AM or PM:||pm|
|Staging Location:||First Reformed Church
8 N. Church St.
Schenectady, NY 12305
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|Lead Ride Captain:||Ray Sestak|
|Lead Ride Captain Phone #:||518-669-3358|
|Special Information:||Weather permitting, we will form a flag line along the walkway and entrance to the church for the arrival of family and guests. Once inside, we will stow our flags and be seated during the award ceremony. In case of inclement weather, we will stand with flags inside the church.
Please join me in honoring and supporting our PGRNY State Captain, brother, and friend, Bill Schaaf, as he receives the Four Chaplains Brotherhood Award.
|Submitted by:||Ray Sestak|