State Rep. Harry Readshaw, D-Allegheny, "Readshaw's Raiders" and motorcycle riders from around Pennsylvania are preparing their bikes for their annual "Ride to Gettysburg" at 1 p.m. on Sept. 22.
The annual motorcycle trip from Harrisburg to Gettysburg supports the Pennsylvania Gettysburg Monuments Project, which Rep. Readshaw established in 1997. The riders who join Readshaw on his annual ride have become known as "Readshaw's Raiders."
"Every participant in the ride for the monuments becomes part of the legacy of Gettysburg," Mr. Readshaw said. "In years to come, they can show their children they helped to keep the monuments in a condition that does honor to the soldiers of Gettysburg and ensures that future generations will know the pride we take in these soldiers and their memories."
Last year's ride attracted more than 300 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 that turned the tide in the Civil War in the Union's favor.
Most of the Pennsylvania monuments and markers were erected by the veterans of the battle with the assistance of allocations approved by the state General Assembly.
Readshaw has also encouraged other states to restore and preserve the battlefield monuments their states have placed on the battlefield.
For more information, contact Rep. Readshaw's Harrisburg office at 717-783-0411 or visit the Gettysburg Battlefield Preservation Association website at www.gbpa.org.