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Unofficial Mission

Wreaths Across America Wreath Pickup
Saratoga National cemetery

All Military Branches
All Branches incl SpaceForce

Schuylerville, NY - 03/02/2024


Mission applies to the following Region(s):

Region 4, Region 5

About the Mission:

What goes down - must come up. The Saratoga National Cemetery Wreaths Across America Event Team has requested Patriot Guard Riders support for the removal of over 16,000 Holiday Wreaths that were placed during December of 2023.

Primary Staging Date and Staging Time:

03/02/2024 at 08:45am

Staging Location:

Saratoga National Cemetery
200 Duell Rd.
Schuylerville, NY  12871

Lead Ride Captain and Contact Info:

Bill Schaaf
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Special Covid-19 Mission Guidelines:

Updated 8 March 2022

Based on the most current COVID-19 Prevention Guidelines: Protect Yourself and Your Family from COVID-19, and CDC Guidelines of 3 March 2022, 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 ensure that you have a mask with you, should the need arise, and respect the LRC’s decision in these matters.

Special Information:

PGR members will meet as we have in the past, at Sections 7 & 8, to complete wreath removal there. Once complete, members may move to other sections to assist volunteers as needed. It is suggested that you bring a broomstick or other type of pole to allow carrying of multiple wreaths.

For those that may have trouble walking for any distance between sections, there will be a work crew near the Visitors Center where the bows and tags will be removed from the wreaths. Those wreaths will be donated to an animal sanctuary once again this year. There is no sign-up necessary for volunteers.

You are asked to please observe all parking instructions so as not to cause any restriction of traffic on the roadways. Parking on right side of road.

Some Additional Info:

Wreaths have already been removed from Columbarum Complex A/B/C - Columbarium Walls 1-24 / Garden Niches.
We will only be picking up those wreaths that were placed by Wreaths Across America. All other wreaths artificial and real will be picked up by cemetery staff and saved for 30 days for families that wish to have them back.

Section #21 will once again be the section we remove bows/tags and make safe for the animal farms this year. This will be the section we direct pickup trucks needing to be loaded.

Is there a Second Stage to this Mission?


Submitted by:

Bill Schaaf

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rs 02/26; MER



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