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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



     CYCLE SERVICES   100 Ridgewood Ave.   Hyannis, MA   508-771-1414

    ACE HARDWARE   850 Route 134   South Dennis, MA   508-385-3999


                                                 Mondays:  June 10, June 24, July 15, 2024    6PM                                                             Yarmouth Police Station     Higgins Crowell Road    West Yarmouth, MA

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

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Sponsors for Big Nick's Ride  2024

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A journey of self-discovery amidst the Afghanistan War

----- ANDREW COVILLE -----

Not long after high school graduation Andrew Coville and Nick Xiarhos (Big Nick) joined the United  States Marine Corps seeking to serve their country together. This compelling narrative follows the journey of Coville  through service, camaraderie, tragedy and the unwavering pursuit of a cause deemed worth fighting for.  Join "Summer 2009" to immerse yourself in the world of these two young Marines and their Brothers in Arms, offering a profound insight into their distinctive and vulnerable experiences during the Afghanistan War.

The account unfolds through a journal kept by US Marine Coville during a significant offensive in the Helmand Province in the summer of 2009. His firsthand entries are revisited 15 years later, offering a continually evolving perspective and outlook on life. This is not merely a war story, or a detailed military operation account; rather, it is a vulnerable and revealing exploration into the inner thoughts of a young man navigating the complexities of war. It delves into what he learned from those experiences as the years unfolded.


Andrew Coville

Andrew Coville is a native of Massachusetts, raised on Cape Cod. He served in the Marine Corps with the 2nd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion from 2006 to 2010. Following his enlistment in the Marine Corps, he transitioned into law enforcement and has been serving in that capacity since 2012. A proud graduate of Curry College, this marks his debut publication.

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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