Readshaw's 19th annual 'Ride to Gettysburg' set for Sept. 28

Motorcyclists can register at the event

PITTSBURGH, Sept. 11 – State Rep. Harry Readshaw, D-Allegheny, today announced his "Readshaw’s Raiders" and other motorcycle riders from around the commonwealth are preparing for their annual "Ride to Gettysburg." The event supports the Pennsylvania Gettysburg Monuments Project, which Readshaw established in 1997.

The ride from Harrisburg to Gettysburg – which will be held Sept. 28 – will start near the fountain outside the East Wing of the Capitol. Registration will begin at 11 a.m., with a welcome ceremony at 12:15 p.m. at Soldiers’ Grove.

Readshaw said he loves the enthusiasm the event generates, noting that more than 400 riders participated last year.


"It’s heartening to see so many riders turn out each year to show their support for maintaining the Pennsylvania monuments that honor those who fought – and in some cases died – at the Battle of Gettysburg,” Readshaw said. “Healthy participation at events like these shows that we haven’t forgotten the significance of Gettysburg and the great sacrifices that were made in this historic battle that is considered the turning point in the Civil War.”

The ride marshals this year will be the Marine Riders of Central Pennsylvania. Since 2008, the riders have supported the Marine Corps League Detachment 299 New Cumberland, Lebanon VA Hospital, Capital Area Young Marines, Vietnam Veterans of America Post 542 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania Wounded Warriors and the Make A Wish Foundation.

State Reps. Mark Keller, Bill Kortz, Dan Moul, and former Rep. Bryan Barbin are expected to participate, along with the Motor Maids, Harrisburg's Zembo Shrine Mounted Patrol and a local slingshot dealer.

The Mason-Dixon God Bless America Motorcycle Color Guard will lead the riders to Gettysburg.

The Monuments Project was started to fund desperately needed cleaning and repairs for the more than 140 unit monuments and markers on the battlefield. Readshaw noted that most were erected by veterans of the battle, with the assistance of allocations approved by the state General Assembly.

The event is open to all interested riders and is held rain or shine.

“If you can’t make it to Harrisburg for the ride, come to Gettysburg, register and join us for lunch and a short program,” Readshaw said.

You can learn more about the event by calling Readshaw's office in Harrisburg at 717-783-0411 or by visiting the Alliance of Bikers Aimed Toward Education PA website at www.abatepa.org.