CJH sixth graders greet Wreaths Across America truck driver

Three young teens in winter coats waving small American flags
Sixth graders wait to greet the Wreaths Across America truck as it makes its way to the Orange County Veterans Memorial Cemetery.

On Dec. 14,  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 Ervin Henschel, stopped at the corner of Erie and Main Streets where students greeted him with their homemade banner that said, “Welcome to the Family” along with other signs of gratitude.

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/.

View the video of the Wreaths Across America celebration!

Young teens watch as a woman hugs an older man in front of a tractor trailer.
CJH Teacher Patty Capocciamo hugs United States Army Veteran Ervin Henschel.