For Immediate Release - July 25, 2012

GOVERNOR PATRICK SIGNS BILL TO RENAME YARMOUTH OVERPASS AFTER MARINE CORPORAL NICHOLAS G. XIARHOS

Nicholas G. Xiarhos Memorial Bridge Bill Signing
Governor Patrick joined the parents of Corporal Nicholas Xiarhos to sign H. 4156, “An Act Designating A Certain Overpass in the town of Yarmouth as the Marine Corporal Nicholas G. Xiarhos Veterans Memorial Overpass.” (Photo credit: Jeremiah Robinson / Governor's Office) View additional photos.

BOSTON – Wednesday, July 25, 2012 – Governor Deval Patrick today joined family members and legislators to sign H. 4156, “An Act Designating A Certain Overpass in the town of Yarmouth as the Marine Corporal Nicholas G. Xiarhos Veterans Memorial Overpass.” The legislation will rename the overpass on North Dennis Road spanning Route 6 in Yarmouth after Marine Corporal Nicholas G. Xiarhos, who died in action in Afghanistan on July 23, 2009. 

“I am proud to honor a young man who made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our Commonwealth, our country and our freedom,” said Governor Patrick. “This is just a small measure of our gratitude for Nicholas Xiarhos, his family and his community.”

Nicholas Xiarhos graduated from Dennis-Yarmouth Regional High School in 2006. Nine days after graduating from high school, he entered the United States Marine Corps Boot Camp at Parris Island in South Carolina. On September 22, 2006, he earned the title of United States Marine. Nicholas died on the battlefield in the Garmsir District of Helmand province in Southern Afghanistan on July 23, 2009 while going to the rescue of his fellow Marines in combat.

“This legislation is important to the Xiarhos family and to the larger Cape Cod community in honoring their fallen son, U.S. Marine Corps. Corporal Nicholas G. Xiarhos,” said Representative Demetrius Atsalis, sponsor of the bill. “It became one of my priorities for me to see my office work for the final passage of this bill before the end of this legislative session. I believe that Marine Corporal Nicholas G. Xiarhos’ family and friends, along with other Cape Cod War Veterans, can justifiably be proud of this venerable moment.”  

“Today’s ceremony marks a time-honored tradition, a promise never to forget those who sacrifice for our country,” said Senator Dan Wolf. “Every time I pass this bridge, now named for a fallen hero, in my heart I will renew that promise.”

“Nicholas Xiarhos was an outstanding young man, and I am reminded of this each time I walk into my office, as I have his picture on my office door,” said Representative Cleon Turner. “I was happy to suggest that the legislature name this overpass to honor Nick-  it is already decorated with military flags and it was an overpass he traveled every day.”

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