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Hundreds participate in Readshaw's 18th annual ‘Ride to Gettysburg’

HARRISBURG, Sept. 28 – The 18th Annual Ride to Gettysburg held on Saturday drew hundreds of riders from around the commonwealth, according to the ride’s organizer, state Rep. Harry Readshaw, D-Allegheny.

The event supports the Pennsylvania Gettysburg Monuments Project.

“I was thrilled to see another strong turnout this year,” Readshaw said. “This event is such a terrific opportunity for the commonwealth’s vibrant biker community to come out and show their patriotic spirit while contributing to a cause that helps preserve a vital part of the commonwealth’s heritage.”

A historic group of women bikers, wearing white vests and led by former state Rep. Teresa Forcier, served as the ride marshals. Also attending were state Rep. Dan Moul, R-Adams, and the Zembo Shrine Mounted and Motorcycle Units.

After a welcome ceremony at Soldier’s Grove, Readshaw and Moul recognized Charlie Umbenhauer, of A.B.A.T.E. of Pennsylvania, for his years of support and dedication to the Monuments Project. Other participants also received certificates for their continued support. The God Bless America Motorcycle Color Guard then led approximately 375 riders to Gettysburg.

The event featured both traditional motorcycles and “slingshot” bikes such as the one occupied by Readshaw.

Readshaw established the Monuments Project in 1997 to fund desperately needed cleaning and repairs for the more than 140 unit monuments and markers on the battlefield. Most were erected by veterans of the battle with the assistance of allocations approved by the state General Assembly.

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