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Big Nick's Ride for the Fallen   

Sunday - July 21, 2024

START:    Barnstable County Sheriff's Office     6000 Sheriffs Place     Bourne, MA 

REGISTRATION:  Begins:  7AM      Opening Ceremony Starts:   9AM     Kick Stands Up:  9:45AM PROMPTLY

DONATION:  Riders: $20          Passengers: $20

FINAL DESTINATION:    Sea Dog Brew Pub - White's Path -  South Yarmouth, MA

WRISTBANDS NOW AVAILABLE:    Cycle Services, Hyannis, MA    ---    Baskins ACE Hardware, Dennis, MA

Big Nick’s Ride 2023 honored all Native American Veterans with special recognition for Veterans from the Wampanoag Tribe, our Native American, Cape Cod neighbors. 

We were especially honored to recognize one of the BNR Cape Cod Fallen in the War on Terror, US Army Staff Sargent Alicia Birchet who was a member of the Wampanoag Tribe. She enlisted at age 17, shortly after graduating from Falmouth HS and served in Germany and Korea before going to Iraq.  We welcome to the ride,  Staff Sargent Birchett’s mother Dorothea Jackson who will be riding in one of our honored Gold Star Family Jeeps leading the Ride. 

Veterans are among the most honored and respected individuals in many Native American communities.  Honor songs are composed and sung for them.  In many communities, ceremonies are held for service members when before they leave for their service and again when they return.  Yet this tradition of service and sacrifice has not been widely recognized.

Big Nick's Ride for the Fallen 2023 recognized and honored the Native American tradition of service and sacrifice.


  • Special Guest: Dottie Jackson, mother of Alicia Birchett one of our Cape Cod Fallen will join many other Gold Star families for the first time.

  • Guest Speaker: Tribal Police Captain Curtis Frye III - US Army ; Iraq Veteran

  • Distribution of Prayer Bundles created, blessed and distributed by Members of the Wampanoag Tribe

  • Drumming Circle call to the BNR Opening Ceremony

  • Position of Honor for Native American Riders

Each year Big Nick's Ride for the Fallen memorializes USMC Cpl. Nicholas G. Xiarhos and honors all of our recent fallen heroes with ties to Cape Cod as well as all Veterans past, present, and future who serve our great country. Nick is one of 16 "Fallen American Warriors" from Cape Cod who made the ultimate sacrifice in America's longest war. Big Nick's Ride for the Fallen will celebrate its 15th anniversary in 2024. We would like to extend a special thanks to all our sponsors in particular Bridges for the Fallen for their generous support which continues to make this one of Cape Cod's most exciting and memorable events.  And also a special thanks to Sea Dog Restaurant  for providing our post-ride food and entertainment for our 2024 Big Nick's Ride. 
You too can be a part of Cape Cod's largest motorcycle ride. Please support our brave troops and their families every year as a rider, sponsor and/or patriotic citizen lining the ride route with American Flags and homemade signs.

Don't worry about me Mom... I'm living the dream. 

Cpl. Nicholas Xiarhos

Big Nick’s Ride for the Fallen 2024

The Big Nick’s Ride family invites you to join us for Big Nick's Ride 2024.  The BNR Family includes not only the Riders but an expansive network of supporters throughout the Cape and beyond including: Nick’s very own family; the families of Cape Cod’s Fallen 16; the BNR organizers and support teams who are all volunteers; our wonderful BNR sponsors; the police escorts and first responders who ensure our safety and the opportunity to display our patriotism and ride below those amazing American flags; the homes who open their hearts and participate in the Patriotic Home Decorating Contest; the spiritual guidance, support and blessings from those of many faiths; and the staff at the Barnstable County Sheriff’s Office. Those of us who have the honor and privilege to be part of the development and implementation of this amazing experience  wish to thank all the members of this wonderful BNR family for their continued support and understanding during these challenging times. You all help us to once again honor and celebrate the lives of these Cape Cod American Heroes who gave the ultimate sacrifice to defend our nation and guard our freedom.


And one very special note....what makes this ride so meaningful and raises the spirits of all the riders are the hundreds upon hundreds of members of the Cape Cod Community who line the streets and roads along the route. It is to all of you from all of us at Big Nick’s Ride that we extend the deepest and most profound THANK YOU from the bottom of our collective hearts and souls for your continued support.

The Nicholas G. Xiarhos Memorial Fund is a 501C3 fund of The Cape Cod Foundation. 

© 2019    Proudly created by  Jim Matthews  to honor all our Fallen Heroes 

Faith, Family, Flag, Friends  and Freedom  Forever                                         

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