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Wilkes County Veterans History Project: Marathon Jam

Dominick Adamo, Vietnam Army Veteran, and his wife Lucy

Instrument Close Up

Kay Lomax is wrapped in memory of her husband, Blaine 

Army Veteran - Vietnam

Tim Vogel on guitar

Roy Johnson

Army Veteran - Vietnam

John Santa, of Marathon Jam, and Suzanne Moore, Wilkes County Librarian, present Roy Johnson, Vietnam Army Veteran, with a Quilt of Honor.

Table set up for the MIA - Missing in Action 

 Diane Yates and family quilted in memory of her husband Hobart Yates.

Marine Veteran - Vietnam

Mara Lynn Tugman (L), and Suzanne Moore (R), Gyeral May, Vietnam Army Veteran

Larry Reavis

Army Veteran - Vietnam

Laken on the fiddle

Johnny Taylor - Legendary Banjo Picker of Wilkes County

Army Veteran - Korean War

Jax Poff was awarded the Iron Pickers T-shirt for lasting the entirety of the Jam.

The Jamming Circle

George Morgan singing in the 'key of W'

George Morgan, Vietnam Army Veteran, and his wife Eva

The Audience at the Jam

Audience at the Jam

Jamming Circle

Holbrook Family

(L to R - Ritchie (Gulf War, Marine Veteran, & First Responder), Heather (wife), Syndi (daughter), James (Grandson), and Ross (son).

Marine Veteran (Gulf War) & First Responder 

Marathon Jam - 2022

The first 'Marathon' Jam took place on November 5, 2022. at

VFW Post 1142 in North Wilkesboro, NC.  

The Marathon Jam is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization which seeks to improve the lives of injured Veterans, First Responders and their families.

Its motto, Curatus Per Musica (“Healing Through Music”) seeks to unite a diverse group of creative people and mobilize them to use their talents to raise money and perform outreach to improve the lives of those who have sacrificed so much for us.

This event was sponsored by the library with support from members of the VFW Post 1142.  Ten veterans/first responders were recognized at the event with a Quilt of Honor, courtesy of a special group of women known as 'The Iron Quilters.'   

A total of $1040 was raised to help fund the Fort Bragg Fisher House and Camp Lejeune Fisher House both right here in North Carolina. They are wonderful “comfort homes” where families can stay at no cost while a military loved one is receiving medical treatment. This charity was chosen because of their excellent rating and the great work they do with Veterans and their families.