Soldiers wait in line for a “preventative spray” booth at Love Field in Texas, 1918
The influenza pandemic in areas hardest hit changed the course of history, and whole sections of cemeteries with 1918 or 1919 death dates on the markers attest to the inability of “medical science,” homeopathic nostrums, or government control of people’s lives, to stem the mortal tide of the disease. Providentially, most people survived it, but just as providentially, multiple millions were cut off in a short time, ready or not to meet their Maker.
A memorial to the 1,128 men, women and children of Auckland, New Zealand who fell to the influenza pandemic of 1918-1920, out of the total 8,573 New Zealanders who succumbed
*Pale Rider: The Spanish Flu of 1918 and How it Changed the World by Laura Spinney (New York, 2017).