Bindi's Memorable Tribute to Her Dad
In front of an crowd of 5000 assembled for the memorial service and a worldwide television audience of more than 300 million viewers, Bindi Irwin read her final gift--a memorable memorial speech for her father, Steve Irwin.
Bindi's Eulogy for Her Hero - Steve Irwin
- My Daddy was my hero he was always there for me when I needed him. He listened to me and taught me so many things, but most of all he was fun.
I know that Daddy had an important job. He was working to change the world so everyone would love wildlife like he did. He built a hospital to help animals and he bought lots of land to give animals a safe place to live.
He took me and my brother and my Mum with him all the time. We filmed together, caught crocodiles together and loved being in the bush together.
I don't want Daddy's passion to ever end. I want to help endangered wildlife just like he did.
I have the best Daddy in the whole world and I will miss him every day. When I see a crocodile I will always think of him and I know that Daddy made this zoo so everyone could come and learn to love all the animals. Daddy made this place his whole life and now it's our turn to help Daddy.
The Strength of this Eulogy
The entire eulogy runs little over a minute and a half and contains a mere 182 words, however mourners assembled at the memorial gave her a standing ovation, many with tears in their eyes.
Mother Terri Irwin told with Barbara Walters during an interview that Bindi had written the speech by herself. Terri had only assisted with the typing.
The strength of this eulogy and the impact of the message came because Bindi Irwin did what is recommended in eulogies...she spoke from her heart about the person she had lost...her hero...her dad.
View the Eulogy
Bindi's moving tribute to her father can be seen in several different locations on the Internet:
- YouTube: Steve Irwin - by Bindi http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P5pBN3cE-2A
- The Daily Telegraph - My daddy was my hero (Follow the link under Audio and Video "Not a dry eye as Bindi gives her address") http://www.news.com.au/dailytelegraph/story/0,22049,20448393-5007132,00.html