Over the years, Ruth Boatwright has become a champion for local veterans, working to make sure their sacrifices are never forgotten in the place they call home. Her name is usually attached in some way to anything that involves the armed forces in the county, perhaps her most well-known project is the annual Musical Salute to Veterans at Powhatan High School.
The show was started in 1993 as a way to remember, honor and thank all Veterans of the Armed Services of the United States of America, past and present who have served their country. The show has become an annual county favorite with patriotic songs, love songs made popular during the war years, and hymns are all presented in the show.
“The people who sing are our own talented folks from Powhatan who sing with love in their hearts for those heroes among us,” said Boatwright. “And of course there are those who are in the audience, standing for their anthem, even if they have to be helped up, saluting the flags as they pass by.”
Boatwright, whose own family has a proud tradition of military service, says she views the yearly show as a small token of the appreciation she and many others in the community feel towards all veterans. The effort it takes to put the show on is more then worth it when compared to the response she gets from the men and women who faithfully attend the performance each year.
“The average person has no idea what it means to [them]…and it’s just a small way we can honor them,” says Boatwright. “It’s just a time to remember and give thanks for a country that has endured through so much. If it hadn’t been for the men and women of our armed services, we wouldn’t have all we have today.”
The Musical Memorial Show will be held each year around Veteran’s Day at Powhatan High School. Please check the paper or call the office for the exact time. We encourage you to bring your friends and spend an afternoon honoring those who have served, and pay tribute to those who have made the supreme sacrifice.
If you are a veteran and have not had your picture featured at the annual show, please bring your photo to Richardson Harris Boatwright Insurance Agency at 3829 Old Buckingham Road, between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.