43. Medical Aid

While the mood at Woodstock was certainly anti-war, if it wasn’t for the U.S. Army, there would have been lots of medical emergencies. Military personnel flew in food, medical supplies, and medical teams into the festival.

Over 45 doctors were on standby at the music convert without pay. They liked what the festival stood for and chose to help. During that weekend, the festival became the third largest city in New York State, but owing to the lack of much needed basic amenities, the governor of New York Nelson Rockefeller declared Woodstock a disaster area. The health department recorded 5,162 medical cases, including four miscarriages. Despite all of this, Time magazine deemed the festival, “The greatest peaceful event in history.”

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