Father Tells Greek-American Fallen Hero’s Story on His Birthday

Nicholas Xiarhos would have turned 32 this year. Unfortunately eleven years ago, a bomb hit the tank that was carrying Nick and his fellow US Marines near the town of Gasmir, Afghanistan. Nick, a gentle giant with a pure heart, died on July 23rd, 2009, together with two other soldiers.

Since then his family and Deputy Chief of of Police Steven G. Xiarhos, Nick’s proud Golden Star father, have had to live lives that have been drastically changed, but they have always stayed strong so that they can tell Nick’s story.

We interviewed Deputy Chief Xiarhos, who serves in the police force in Yarmouth, Massachusetts, so that he could tell his son’s story despite the pain he still feels. As he put it, “Nick is my hero, we have to remember them and tell their story.”

When we asked Xiarhos what Nick would have asked for on his birthday, he said “Nick would have told you to live your life and live your dream… that’s what he did as well.”

Xiarhos, whose roots are in the town of Mani in the Peloponnese, has never visited Greece, but he now has a new goal.

“Since Nick died, I have run two Marathons, the Marine Corps Marathon in Washington, DC and the one in Boston. My goal now is to go to Athens and run the Marathon where it all started. I want to do that in Nick’s memory and carry my flags… and return home,” he says.

Watch the interview with Nick’s father below: