Sixth graders welcome Wreaths Across America to Goshen

Teens outside brick building waving small American flags
Sixth graders lines the sidewalk outside the Main Street Administration Building in Goshen to welcome the Wreaths Across America truck to Goshen.

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.

Two adults and three students
Army Veteran Wayland Massengill and his wife were greeted by C. J. Hooker Middle School students. Mr. Massengill is retiring from Wreaths Across America.

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

Four teens holding a banner with snow man and thank you Wayland written in red and green.
CJH students created a banner thanking Army Veteran Wayland Massengill for his service to his country and his dedication to Wreaths Across America.