Serving Those Who’ve Served: The Patriot Guard Riders of New York
Over the years, we’ve been privileged to provide services to many of our region’s fallen Military Heroes, First Responders, and Veterans. We take pride in being able to serve those who’ve served our country and community. Service runs in our blood, too. In fact, Erie County Cremation Service was founded by Frank R. Castiglia, an Army Air Forces Veteran of World War II.
The bond of kinship shared between members of the military, police, fire service, and paramedical community is never more apparent than those times when a fallen brother or sister is laid to rest. In these times, those who share respect for the uniform come together very ceremoniously to pay their respects, show their honor, and to comfort the family left behind.
In our community, the Patriot Guard Riders of New York offers their services to the families of our fallen heroes. They’re a 100% volunteer-run, non-profit organization committed to paying respect to fallen heroes. According to their website, the PGR’s goal is to ensure “dignity and respect at memorial services honoring Fallen Military Heroes, First Responders and honorably discharged Veterans.”
Every time they respond to a family’s request to attend a memorial service, they have two objectives:
- Show their sincere respect for our fallen heroes, their families, and their communities.
- Shield the mourning family and their friends from interruptions created by any protesters.
We’ve seen the effect their presence has on the family of the fallen hero, and have been impressed by the sincerity and depth of respect that these men and women display. In a situation where loved ones may find themselves feeling isolated and alone, the Riders offer comfort. It’s a remarkable sight.
The Patriot Guard Riders also provides support for wounded Veterans suffering from hardship through their Help On The Homefront program. These are a group of passionate people who go above and beyond to ensure that those who’ve served their community are treated with respect and dignity.
We believe that the PGR and similar organizations play an important role in our community. We’re grateful for their service and for the comfort they provide to the families that we serve.