Father's Day

For some, Father's Day brings comfort; for others, it's a reminder of what they lack. MY HERO celebrates the fathers who care not only for their own children but also for anyone in need of guidance or support, demonstrating the best of humanity. Below is a snapshot of our archive on father heroes, through stories, art, film, and more.

Father's Day Guestbook
Credit: mh

Father Stories

Geoffrey Canada

By: Wendy Jewell
Geoffrey Canada is an educator, social activist and president of the Harlem Childrens Zone in New York.

Daniel Ellsberg

By: Robert Ellsberg

Daniel Ellsberg is a whistle blower and truth teller - responsible for publishing the Pentagon Papers.

This essay was written by his son Robert on his father's 80th birthday.

Grateful to Robert Ellsberg for sharing this powerful essay with MY HERO.

The portrait of Daniel Ellsberg is a work of art by Robert Shetterly,

the founder and creative artist behind, Americans Who Tell the

Albert Cortez

By: Valerie C

A daughter sings an original song about her hero father, who turned his life around in his late teens.

Malick Seck

By: Seck from Dakar
Malick Seck is respected by his community and family for his humanitarian works, and his wisdom and dedication.

Harry Tao

By: Thu from Bradford
Harry Tao sets a wonderful example for his stepdaughter.

Ronald V. Dellums (1935 - 2018)

By: Piper Dellums from Idyllwild
Ronald V. Dellums is a former U.S. Congressman who fought against apartheid in South Africa.

Listen and Read Along | A great resource for ESL students

Jeremy Glick

By: Emmy from Saddle River

Jeremy Glick was a hero of Flight 93 and Emmy's beloved father. This story has text with audio.


Just Like a Father

Kailash Satyarthi

By: Themis from Beirut, Lebanon
Kailash Satyarthi is determined to end child labor practices around the world.

Moses Zulu

By: Manyun Melanie Yau from Beirut
Moses Zulu established Children's Town in Zambia to teach AIDS orphans life skills.

Liviu Librescu

By: Meghan from San Diego
Liviu Librescu was a Virginia Tech teacher who sacrificed his life to save his students.

Sompop Jantraka

By: Nicole from Spokane
Sompop Jantraka helps poor children in Thailand to avoid child prostitution and obtain an education.

Art illustrates the different roles of Fatherhood

Love of a Father -Lending a hand to help find solutions

By: Hutton McKenna

Feeding Me for Life- a Father teaches his son to fish

By: Julio Lukwago of Uganda

My Hero Abba, My Grandfather by Ebrahim Ahmed

By: Ebrahim Ahmed Ansari - Grade 3C
To others my grandfather is just any other person in the world but to me he is my star, my hero. I love my Abba. One day I WILL grow up to be a HERO like him

My Father

By: Jiayuan Ruan of Taft High School
My father cares about his son more than anything in the world. He would do anything for me to make me happy. He is a teacher who teaches a lot of good lessons to me. He is a hard worker who works seven days a week, 8 hours a day for his family, so that they have food to eat and a place to live. I think he is the best father in the world.

My Dad is always there to help me

By: Jonathan Chavez of Taft High School

Portrait of My Father- a strong Influence on the artist's life

By: Salvador Dali (1904 - 1989)

This showcase of short films features a variety of relationships with fathers from filmmakers with very unique voices.

Smoke That Travels [Trailer]

Produced by:Kayla Briët
What happens when a story is forgotten? I'm making a film about my dad, Gary Wiski-ge-amatyuk, my family, and what it means to be Native American today.

The Brainwashing of My Dad [excerpt]

Jen Senko
Once upon a time my dad was a happy go lucky, fun, non-political Kennedy Democrat... then he discovered Fox News...

Azim Khamisa: The Tool of Forgiveness

Produced by:The Institute for Advancing Unity/The Working Group
A grieving father overcomes tragedy by creating something beautiful in his son's name - Tariq Khamisa.

Young Dads

Producer: First Light and Latimer Creative Media
Young dads speak out.

Excerpts from the MY HERO Guestbook - "FATHER HEROES" around the GLOBE.


Bianca Telles Atibaia São Paulo Brazil 5/16/2016 at 7:32:49

My hero is my father, because he always support me in every single choice I make, he taught me how to be kind with everyone, not argue all the time, only when it is necessary and that arguing is not going to help you to resolve problems. He always helps me in homework, on school projects, and when I decided to move to another school he respected my choice and he always helps people and his employees. Once he helped to stop a fire in an old car that was on fire, so he always helps people whenever he can. 

Shivanandan Coimbatore Tamil Nadu India 11/26/2015 at 7:01:19

My dad is my real hero because he is the most special person in my life. He is an honest man and he is a hardworking man. On weekends he loves to play with me the whole day. During weekdays we work hard & spend maximum time working at his office. He tries his best to keep our family happy. He works hard to make money for our family. He loves me a lot & always tries to cheer me up whenever I am in a sad mood. He has always taught me good values & not spoiling me by buying me all the things that I wanted. But at the same time he has gifted me many things that I always wish to have. My dad has always tried his level best to make me a good human being. I am his only son. My father is my gift which I have been given by the god. HE IS MY REAL HERO...............

Nana Tbilisi MIDDLE KARTLI Georgia 11/8/2015 at 12:14:30

Father Ilia Kartozia is real hero! Father Ilia Kartozia, abbot of Davit Aghmashenebeli Monastery, was found dead following the fire on the “Norman Atlantic.” Father Ilia and the captain of the ferry helped people to get into lifeboats. He gave his place to a woman with a child and stayed aboard!

Julio Maximiano Juazeiro Bahia Brazil 6/11/2015 at 5:56:20

My hero is my father, he's fifty years old. He's humorous, quiet and very friendly. He is my hero because even in tough times he never denies a request for help. He has a lot of friends and is humble, not saying a bad word about anyone and he does not like intrigues. He is my hero mainly because even though with little money, he does everything he can for his family.

Alice Taichung Taichung Taiwan 5/5/2015 at 12:59:15

My hero is my father. When I was a baby he took care of me. Because at the time, my mother not only worked in the daytime but also had to study at night. My mother could not take care of me. So my father had to shoulder the responsibility to take care of me after work. During this time, my father began to read along with the role. Dad carefully taught me what I know so far. So I have always been in the top 3 scores in class. My dad often heard me say a few things in schools. Dad knew my school and dating situations, and gave me some advice for reference. Sometimes my father was busy and did not have time to play with me. But on the weekend, he will find time on holidays with our family to go out to play in some fresh air, or help me to check my homework. My father is my favorite. No one can in the world can replace my father in my mind.

Mary-Beth Listuguj Canada 1/20/2014 at 1:56:53

My father is my hero, because in times of tragedy and tremendous stress, he manages to keep his composure and focus on either what needs to be done about the situation or person. 

Abigail Vargas LACA 10/7/2013 at 4:43:41

My hero is my grandfather. Though I never had a chance to see him, I know some things about him. He was kind and loving. He took care of his wife and my mom. He helped everyone in his family. These are what I know about him. My mom wants me to be these things. I never had a chance to see him because he died, so I promised to do what he did.

Ramy Gamal Helmy Alexandria Egypt 5/23/2013 at 6:18:27

My hero is: my dad. As human beings, we have many relationships that let us be able to deal with our society and life as well. We have families, friends, companions, relatives, neighbors, and many other kinds of relations. These relations are either effective or ineffective. The greatest relation in my life is that with my family, especially with my beloved father, may God rest his soul in peace. He is considered as my hero and my best example in my whole life. Fatherhood is a powerful relation that no one could easily understand except who has a great father like mine. He is the only one who teaches me how to live, how to love and how to be a man whose only duty is to protect his family and be faithful with his work, wife and children. However, he passed away when I was ten years old, but I still remember his face, situations, words, and his endless tenderness. In addition, I am not the only one who sees him as the best man, but everyone who knows him acknowledges that. He helps everyone and a smile was usually on his face. In short, my father is irreplaceable. I wish that I could be like him in everything, protect my family and complete his way. I hope that his soul is resting in everlasting peace.

Charlotte Fontenay-sous-Bois France 2/6/2013 at 8:00:31

My hero is my father because during a difficult period he was still very brave and he overcame this period.

Aliyahmusty Saskatwewensaskatoon Canada 11/28/2012 at 8:53:38

My hero is: My grandfather. He is my hero everyday. I would not know where to go with out him. I love him with all my heart. He is the best grandpa ever. He takes his time out for me all the time, even when he is having a bad day. He is my treasure. Every day a new adventure, he will always make sure I'm safe. He will never let anything hurt his family. I love him. 

Eva Lerner de Escamilla Guatemala Guatemala Guatemala 11/18/2012 at 4:00:15

My father is my hero... José David Lerner was my father. A silent, sweet and hardworking Jewish man. I am still in wonder how he survived the loss of all his family, including his mother, wife and daughters. He left Poland with the dream to save all of his family from the Nazis, traveling first alone to find a place to bring all of them later. But when he arrived to Bolivia, the only country that gave him a visa, he found out that every one of his loved family was disappeared by Hitler. But he, instead of giving up, started to look for them every single day of his life. With the years, he raised a new family, where I was born, and I always felt loved and protect by him, who never said a word against anyone, including against the Nazis. How much I miss him...


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