Readshaw's Raiders Ride to Gettysburgh
State Rep. Harry Readshaw, D-Allegheny, hosted his 14th annual “Ride to Gettysburg” on Sept. 27, with more than 300 participating in the motorcycle ride from the fountain on Commonwealth Avenue in Harrisburg to Gettysburg.
Mr. Readshaw and his riders, called “Readshaw’s Raiders,” make the annual trek to support the need to restore and maintain the Pennsylvania Civil War monuments on the Gettysburg battlefield.
Among those who joined the ride this year were ride marshal state Rep. Bill Kortz, D-Allegheny; state Reps. Dan Moul, R-Adams/Franklin, Jim Marshall, R- Beaver and Mike Regan, R- Cumberland/York; and former state Rep. Teresa Forcier from Crawford County, who’s riding group the “Motor Maids” led the way to Gettysburg.
“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.”
Local police and fire departments involved in traffic control to allow the group to ride together were the Capitol Police; the Camp Hill, Carroll Township and East Pennsboro police departments; the Latimore Township Police and Fire Police departments; and the Gettysburg Fire Police.
‘With their help and support every year, this ride has become known as one of the safest motorcycle rides across the state of Pennsylvania. We had several come in from the Pittsburgh area for their first ride and they are now planning on bringing more participants next year because of the well-organized and safe event,” Mr. Readshaw said. “Many of the riders, who came to support the project and go for a beautiful ride, are not members of A.B.A.T.E., which has done a great job of sponsoring the ride over the past 14 years.”
Rep. Readshaw added, “I will continue my mission to restore and repair the Pennsylvania monuments at Gettysburg.”
Planning for the 15th annual ride is already under way. The scheduled date is Sept. 26, 2015.