The sacrifice that a native son made for his country
The day US Marine Corporal Nicholas G. Xiarhos was killed in action in Afghanistan in 2009 the two towns that can claim Nick as their native son suffered not only a tremendous loss but a wound that has taken to this day to heal.
With time our communities have moved ahead, keeping Nick in our minds and in our hearts not just in our memories. By adding his name to the Bass River Bridge we hope not only to honor his sacrifice and that of his family, but to remind future generations of residents that from this place came a true patriot.
The Bass River Bridge, as it is known today, not only connects the towns of Yarmouth and Dennis thereby allowing us to be one community, but it is my hope that adding Nick’s name to our bridge will also allow us to continue to heal and continue to grow closer.
Whatever differences we may encounter in the future, we will always have the bridge as a constant reminder that Nick's sacrifice will always be greater, and that, will always bring us together.
I take great pride that US Marine Corporal Nicholas G. Xiarhos was a Greek-American, and that he was the best representative of our ethnic community. He set a modern day example for us and our children, just like the ancient Greeks, that service to country is indeed a sacred honor.
I support the Act designating the bridge connecting the towns of Yarmouth and Dennis as US Marine Corporal Nicholas G. Xiarhos Bridge.