Route 6 overpass to be renamed in Tuesday ceremony for Yarmouth native killed in Afghanistan

A ceremony will be held in Yarmouth on Tuesday morning to name the Route 6 overpass in honor of Marine Corps Corporal Nicholas G. Xiarhos, a 21-year-old Yarmouth native killed in Afghanistan in 2009.

Xiarhos was the oldest child of Yarmouth Police Deputy Chief Steven G. Xiarhos and his wife, Lisa.

This summer, Governor Deval Patrick signed legislation into law renaming the overpass on North Dennis Road after the slain Marine who had been chosen the student who “Does Most For Others’’ by his peers at Dennis-Yarmouth High School.

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Xiarhos graduated from Dennis-Yarmouth High School in 2006 and just nine days after graduation was at Marine boot camp at Parris Island in South Carolina. He was deployed to Iraq in 2008 and shortly after returning to the United States, he volunteered to deploy to Afghanistan, his family has said.

Xiarhos and two other Marines were killed in Helmand province in Southern Afghanistan on July 23, 2009 while trying to help other Marines who had come under attack.

The ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday and will lead to road closures for about an hour, officials said. Regular traffic will resume at 11:15 a.m.

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