Rename the Bass River Bridge for Nicholas G. Xiarhos--and for all veterans [Letter]

The following letter was received in response to a story by Walter Brooks about the renaming of the Bass River Bridge: "Bass River Bridge to be renamed for fallen hero". For more on the subject, see the State & Main blog post by Spyro Mitrokostas, "Lest we forget".

To the Editor:

When I first heard that our little bridge on Cape Cod,
crossing the Bass River, joining towns, had the potential to be named the United States Marine Corporal Nicholas G. Xiarhos Veterans Memorial Bridge, I paused.

I tried to imagine what Nicholas G. Xiarhos - Nick - a
strapping, 21-year-old boy when he was killed in war - would think.

 I imagined that he might shy away from the attention.
 You see, Nick was a US Marine…selfless and proud of his
 role…serious about his responsibilities…humbled by the enormity of it all…and certainly, most certainly, he was moved by The Brotherhood.

One for all…and all for one.

These words keep playing out here in Yarmouth and Dennis and
the Cape.
The tragedy that hit this one family has hit all our families in
one way or another.
The death of one strong, sweet young man has made us so
much more attentive to all our soldiers.
We have been given perspective…
And hopefully, from that perspective, we have the heart to
value and respect not just one young boy from town who wore
    
his uniform proudly,
but all the many, many other Soldiers and Veterans who also wear or wore their uniform just as proudly.
One for all…and all for one.
For one boy…
For one son or daughter…
For one husband…
For one Big Brother…
For one Veteran…
We should name this one bridge…
after this one boy…
for all our Veterans.

All for one...and one for all.

Submitted by Maureen Tuohy-Bedford
(I am not a relative of the Xiarhos'…but they have made me feel like family…)

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