On Dec. 16, sixth grade students from C. J. Hooker Middle School lined Main Street to welcome the Wreaths Across America truck to Goshen, and honor the lives and memories of United States veterans.
Students and teachers waved American flags as local and county police, fire and emergency vehicles escorted the truck through Goshen to the Orange County Veterans Memorial Cemetery.
The Wreaths Across America Truck, driven by United States Army Veteran Wayland Massengill, stopped at the corner of Erie and Main Streets where students greeted him with their homemade banner. After singing the National Anthem, a group of students presented him and his wife with small gifts and flowers. Mr. Massengill is retiring after dedicating many years and countless hours to the mission of Wreaths Across America.
Wreaths Across America’s mission is to Remember, Honor and Teach by coordinating wreath-laying ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery and at more than 2,500 locations in all 50 U.S. states, at sea and abroad. For more information, visit https://wreathsacrossamerica.org/.