Presentation by Nancy Sorrells and Caitlyn Alexander
The fall of 1918 was a tough time for those in Staunton, Waynesboro, and Augusta County. World War I was in its final death throes, but much fighting remained in the Meuse-Argonne campaign before the armistice was signed on Nov. 11, 1918. Many of the local men in the military were heavily involved in that series of battles and local casualties were high. And then the double whammy hit – an influenza epidemic swept the globe. The end result was devastating. Military action in World War I took 16 million lives, including almost 117,000 Americans. That pales in comparison to the 50 million lives lost to influenza – one fifth of the world’s population and the deadliest illness in recorded history.
This program is part of an area-wide centennial commemoration of the end of World War I