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Mechanicville sophomore wins Patriot Flight essay contest


Mechanicville sophomore Benjamin McNutt is an award winning essay writer!

Benjamin recently won an essay contest put on by the Capital District Patriot Flight Inc. In his essay, titled “Freedom and What it Means to Me,” Benjamin wrote “freedom is the culmination of every document from the Declaration of Independence, every constitutional amendment, and every court decision that allows me to live my life the way I do.”

Benjamin’s winning essay earned him a seat on an Honor Flight in October 2017. An Honor Flight is conducted by non-profit organizations dedicated to transporting as many United States military veterans as possible to see the memorials of the respective war(s) they fought in Washington, D.C. at no cost to the veterans.

“These are veterans who have never been to the memorials and I get to witness that moment,” Benjamin said. “I’m a very patriotic person, so this means a lot to me.”

Benjamin will serve as an escort to a veteran on the day-long trip as they visit the World War II Memorial, the Korean War Memorial, the Vietnam War Memorial, and the Arlington National Cemetary.

“It’s really special that there are organizations that do this type of thing. Our veterans are sacred and they deserve this honor and opportunity,” Benjamin said. “It’s important that we do these types of things to let them know how much they mean to us and that their sacrifices are not in vain.”

Benjamin was the only student from Mechanicville to enter the contest. He was honored at the board of education meeting on Thursday, May 4, where he had the opportunity to read his essay aloud.

Benjamin says he plans to go to a four-year school after he graduates and then hopes to get into public service or some sort of government position.

Attached below is a copy of his winning essay. Congratulations, Benjamin!