Memorial Day: Father Tells Greek-American Fallen Hero’s Story

Nicholas Xiarhos would have turned 30 on February 12, 2018. Unfortunately eight years ago, a bomb hit the tank that was carrying Nick and his fellow US Marines near the town of Gasmir, Afghanistan. Nick, a strong giant with a pure heart, died on July 23rd, 2009, together with two other soldiers. Since then his family and Deputy Chief Steven G. Xiarhos, Nick’s proud Golden Star father, have had their lives drastically changed but have always stayed strong to tell Nick’s story.

Watch the interview with Nick’s father below:


We interviewed Chief Xiarhos to tell his son’s story despite the pain. As he put it “Nick is my hero, we have to remember them and tell their story.”

Mr. Xiarhos, whose roots are in the town of Mani in Peloponnese, has never visited Greece but 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”

Memorial Day in the United States is a day set aside to remember and to honor members of the military who have died in America’s wars. There are many Greek-Americans that have sacrificed their lives for America’s freedom throughout the years and in different wars.