State Rep. Harry Readshaw, D-Allegheny, hosted his 13th annual “Ride to Gettysburg” on Sept. 28.
More than 400 participated in the ride from the fountain on Commonwealth Avenue in Harrisburg to Gettysburg.
Rep. Readshaw and his riders, called “Readshaw’s Raiders,” make the annual ride to support the need to restore and maintain the Pennsylvania Civil War monuments on the battlefields of Gettysburg.
Among those who joined the ride this year were Co-Grand Marshals state Sen. John Wozniak and state Supreme Court Justice Seamus McCaffery, state Rep. Dan Moul, R-Adams/Franklin, and former Rep. Teresa Forcier from Crawford County, who was accompanied by her riding group, the “Motor Maids.”
State Rep. Patty Kim, D-Dauphin, met the riders at the Capitol and welcomed them to Harrisburg.
“President Lincoln once spoke these words in Gettysburg, ‘The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here,’” Rep. Readshaw said. “The monuments on the field provide a permanent tribute to those who fought so bravely here, helping Lincoln’s words ring true.”
“We had several come in from the Pittsburgh area for their first ride and are now planning on bringing more participants next year because of the well organized and safe event,” Rep. Readshaw said. “Many of the riders, who came to support the project and go for a beautiful ride, are not members of ABATE, who have done a great job of sponsoring the ride over the past 13 years.”
Planning for the 14th annual ride is already under way. The scheduled date is Sept. 27, 2014.