Smith Transport Drivers Ervin Henschel, Jr. and Benjamin Silverstein  Honor Veterans As Part Of the 2022 Wreaths Across America

February 2023

Smith Transport of Roaring Spring, Pennsylvania is a big supporter of Veterans of our Armed Forces.  Two of their drivers, Ervin Henschel, Jr., and Benjamin Silverstein were proud to be a part of the 2002 Wreaths Across America campaign, picking up wreaths in Columbia Falls, Maine and transporting them to locations in New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania.

It was Ervin Henschel, Jr.’s second year hauling wreaths to be placed on Veterans graves.  Henschel, Jr. is a Veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard.  This year he has a special passenger helping him with the deliveries, his father, Ervin, Sr., who is a Vietnam Veteran.  The Henschels picked up wreaths in Maine and made deliveries in Modena, Gardiner, and Goshen, New York.

The Henschels were part of the City of Goshen’s Annual Parade and were stopped by  4th grade students at Park Avenue Elementary School, who honored them with handmade signs and shouts and cheers of “U-S-A”.

Benjamin Silverstein is a Veteran of the U.S. Air Force and 2022 was the first year for him to participate as a driver for Wreaths Across America.  Silverstein loaded his Smith Transport truck in Maine and made deliveries in Flemington and Denville, New Jersey, and Newtown, Pennsylvania.

Silverstein participated in the Veterans Remembrance Tree Program of Wreaths Across America.   This program was established by WAA as a way to honor and remember our Veterans, allowing family members to place memorial dog tags on the trunk of an evergreen tree.  These trees are kept in production and their balsam tips are harvested every three years, crafting Veterans wreaths that are then placed on the graves of Veterans every December.

Silverstein as also a participant of a parade in the City of Denville, New Jersey during the wreath delivery.