The Michael Shaara Memorial Bench prior to unveiling.
“The Pickett Society now dedicates this memorial bench in grateful acknowledgment of the consideration and care of Stephen Lang, the benefactor, whose wish is to remind us of the history of this great country. He wishes for us to recognize the tenacity and brilliance of Michael Shaara whose personal cost to write the story of those three deadly days in Gettysburg can never be fully acknowledged.” This is a portion of Pickett Society President Patricia Wood’s ceremonial remarks after the beautiful polished granite bench was unveiled.
Pickett Society Board Member, Stephen Lang, donated the bench honoring Michael Shaara and the soldiers who fought in Gettysburg 145 years ago, to the Pickett Society.
Stephen selected the 145th anniversary of Pickett’s Charge as the dedication date, but on June 30th we received the awful news that Stephen’s mother, Theresa Lang, had passed away. Instead of being with us in Richmond to dedicate the Michael Shaara Memorial Bench, Stephen was in New York at his mother’s funeral. We proceeded without our benefactor and Board Member, as many members and guests expressed profound, heartfelt sorrow at the news of Stephen’s loss.
"To Stephen Lang, and his family in this time of loss and sorrow. Accomplished actor and the benefactor of this wonderful gift that we dedicate today."
(While displaying his pocket watch at 3 minutes to 3 p.m. and describing the color guards advancing and the companies forming in the trees in Gettysburg)
"To Major General George Edward Pickett and the brave men of his command who on this day, 145 years ago, made the most famous military charge in history."
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