Remembering Fallen Marine Nicholas Xiahros
Three years ago today, The Boy was one week old. I was basking in his cutest and adjusting to motherhood. Just a few miles away, the family of Nicholas Xiarhos received word that he was killed in Garmsir, Afghanistan.
I cannot imagine the emotions that his family felt. Here I was full of joy, my journey into motherhood just beginning. The Texan and I embarking on another exciting chapter in our book of life. At the same time, another family was writing a page into their book that they never expected to write.
Nicholas was a Squad Automatic Weapons (SAW) Gunner, Squad Leader with 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Weapons Company based at Camp Lejune, North Carolina. He was just 21 years old. The world was in the palm of his hand, he had so much life to live.
Over the weekend, we attended the third annual Big Nick’s Ride for the Fallen. The 37-mile ride attracted 712 motorcycles from across the country and as far away as New Zealand. The event was a huge success, raising funds for several organizations including Big Nick’s Gifts to our Troops, Cape Cod Cares for the Troops, the MIAFHM fund, the Nicolas G. Xiarhos Scholarship Fund, and the Yarmouth Police Relief Association.
There were banners commemorating Nick, and the others from Massachusetts who lost their lives for our freedom.
If you recall my post from last year, I am still wearing my bracelet.