By Elspeth Mizner
ERIE, Pa. (Erie News Now) – Skip Georgal has been riding his bike for 52 years. But he hasn’t ridden since crashed three years ago and spent weeks in the ICU.
“This is the first ride I’ve been on since 2019 and it’s an important one”, said Georgal.
On Wednesday he got on his bike again to help bring the Wall that Heals to Erie.
“All of the vets, especially the Vietnam Vets went through more than people could understand back in the day and we are every devote veterans, we do everything as veterans, we do everything as groups together, we are very proud to have served in Vietnam”, said Georgal.
He’s seen the Vietnam Wall in Washington D.C. and was moved to tears. “I broke down twice at the one in D.C., I just broke down crying, there’s two names I know, I served with and to see those names on there it’s just devastating, I mean you are inseparable, you are like blood brothers and you are just together, and life goes on and you are just together and be together the rest of your lives”, said Georgal.
He says no matter how many times he sees the Wall, his time in Vietnam comes rushing back.
“I’m a very emotional individual and when I see it again, it will probably get me again because it’s that important to me for all those men who died back in the day”, said Georgal.
The Wall that Heals opens Friday at the Zem Zem Shrine Club, 2525 W. 38th St., Erie, PA , and runs through Monday at 2 p.m.