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Readshaw's Raiders prepare for annual Ride for the Monuments


September 12, 2006

According to State Rep. Harry Readshaw, D-Allegheny, this year's annual Ride for the Monuments has two big changes: it's running later in the month and from a different starting point.

The motorcycle trek to Gettysburg, sponsored by The Alliance of Bikers Aimed Toward Education has been pushed back to Saturday, Sept. 30 because on Sept. 9 many bikers participated in memorial events commemorating the fifth anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

The start has been shifted from Commonwealth Avenue behind the state Capitol in Harrisburg to the Word of Grace Ministries at 3814 N. Progress Ave. in Susquehanna Township. The muster point was changed to avoid conflict with activities relating to the observance of the Capitol's centennial.

Lt. Gov. Catherine Baker Knoll, traditionally a passenger on the lead bike, won't be taking an active part this year because of her participation in the centennial program.

The annual procession benefits the Pennsylvania Monuments Endowment Fund to meet the future maintenance needs of the more than 140 Pennsylvania monuments and markers on the Gettysburg Battlefield. The monuments project has already ensured funding for current repair and cleaning needs.

Sharing the proceeds will be the Gettysburg Battlefield Preservation Association for the preservation of its historic Daniel Lady Farm. The stone farmhouse, nearing the December completion of a meticulous restoration, was a Confederate regimental headquarters and field hospital during the three-day battle. Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee spent time at the farm on the first night of the epic clash.

Bloodstains of wounded and dying Confederates can still be seen on the farmhouse floors.

“The despicable vandalism of three monuments early this year has made the public more aware of the historic treasure that the monuments are,” said Mr. Readshaw,” especially in that the vast majority of them, from both the North and South, were erected by the veterans who survived Gettysburg and many subsequent battles until the end of the Civil War in April of 1865.”

As has become custom, the procession will wind its way to Battlefield Harley-Davidson on Route 30 east of Gettysburg for a meal provided by the dealership, music and an awards ceremony.

Sign-up for last-minute registrants will begin at 11 a.m. in the Word of Grace Ministries parking lot, with the ride departing at 1 p.m. A $10 donation is requested for registration. In addition to the festivities in Gettysburg, all riders will receive a free “Readshaw's Raiders” T-shirt.

Additional details about the Ride for the Monuments can be obtained by calling 717-731-8955.

Information about the Pennsylvania Gettysburg Monuments Project can be obtained by contacting Readshaw's Harrisburg office at 717-783-0411 or by e-mail at Gettysburg@


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