State Rep. Harry Readshaw’s “Readshaw’s Raiders” and motorcycle riders from around Pennsylvania are preparing their bikes for their annual “Ride to Gettysburg.”
The 2013 journey from Harrisburg to Gettysburg is set to begin near the fountain outside the East Wing of the Capitol at 1 p.m. Sept. 28.
The annual motorcycle trip from Harrisburg to Gettysburg supports the Pennsylvania Gettysburg Monuments Project, which Readshaw established in 1997. The riders who support this annual ride have become known as “Readshaw’s Raiders.”
State Senator John Wozniak and state Supreme Court Justice Seamus McCaffery have been appointed co-grand marshals for this year’s trip. They are the first grand marshals appointed for the annual ride.
“Every participant in the ride for the monuments becomes part of the legacy of Gettysburg,” Mr. Readshaw said. “I am honored that so many find the time in their schedule to make this trip year after year.
“In years to come, they can show their children they helped to keep the monuments in a condition that does honor to the soldiers who fought in the Battle of Gettysburg and ensures that future generations will know the pride we take in these soldiers and their memories.”
In addition to the grand marshals, state Reps. Bryan Barbin, Bill Kortz, Dan Moul, Jim Marshall and former state Rep. Teresa Forcier and her Motormaids are scheduled to participate in the journey.
Last year’s ride attracted more than 250 participants.
The Monuments Project was started to fund 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.
More information is available by contacting Rep. Readshaw’s legislative office in Harrisburg at 717-783-0411 or by visiting the Gettysburg Battlefield Preservation Association website at www.gbpa.org.