Readshaw's 16th annual cycle ride to Gettysburg set for Sept. 24

PITTSBURGH, Sept. 21 – State Rep. Harry Readshaw, D-Allegheny, announced that his "Readshaw’s Raiders" and motorcycle riders from around Pennsylvania are preparing for their annual "Ride to Gettysburg."

The trek from Harrisburg to Gettysburg is set to begin near the fountain outside the East Wing of the Capitol with a welcome ceremony at 12:15 p.m. and the ride departing at 1 p.m. Sept. 24.

The annual event supports the Pennsylvania Gettysburg Monuments Project, which Readshaw established in 1997.

State Reps. Bryan Barbin and Dan Moul have been appointed ride marshals for this year’s trip.

"I am honored that so many riders have made this event an important part of their lives in the past and hopefully in years to come, they can show their children they helped to keep the monuments in a condition that honors the soldiers who fought in the Battle of Gettysburg, ensuring that future generations will know the pride taken in these soldiers and their memories," Readshaw said.

In addition to the ride marshals, state Reps. Bill Kortz, Mark Keller and Jim Marshall, and former state Rep. Teresa Forcier from Crawford County and her Motormaids, are scheduled to participate in the journey.

The riders will be led to Gettysburg by the God Bless America Motorcycle Color Guard.

This year, Harrisburg's Zembo Mounted Patrol also will join Readshaw and the other riders.

Last year's ride attracted approximately 400 participants.

The Monuments Project was started to fund desperately needed cleaning and repairs for the more than 140 monuments and markers on the battlefield that honor the heroism and sacrifice of the thousands of Pennsylvanians who fought in the epic clash, which turned the Civil War tide in the Union's favor.

Most of the Pennsylvania monuments and markers were erected by veterans of the battle, with the assistance of allocations approved by the state General Assembly. Readshaw also encouraged other states to restore and preserve monuments they have placed on the Gettysburg battlefield honoring their respective soldiers. Most states have accomplished their goals, one with official state legislation.

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

More information is available by contacting Readshaw's legislative office in Harrisburg at 717-783-0411 or by visiting the ABATE PA website at www.abatepa.org.

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