By crikey it was a big production – but with a big heart, too.
HER father was Australia’s wildlife warrior and eight-year-old Bindi Irwin showed she had inherited his courage when she fearlessly told the world how much she loved and missed him.
Dressed in khaki, she came to the stage with confidence and left to a standing ovation after speaking lovingly of a father who was her idol and the need for his conservation work to continue.”When I see a crocodile I will always think of him,” she told 5000 mourners at Steve Irwin’s memorial service and millions more watching around the world on television.
“My daddy was my hero. He was always there for me,” she said, standing in front of a picture of her father at the zoo’s Crocoseum.”He listened to me and taught me to do 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 that everyone would love wildlife like he did.”
“Crocodile Hunter” Steve Irwin was remembered at his public memorial Wednesday for the love he demonstrated “for the two things that ought to matter more to all of us than anything else – his love of his family and his love of his country,” said Australia’s Prime Minister John Howard.
Also paying tribute were Russell Crowe, Justin Timberlake, Cameron Diaz, Hugh Jackman, Kevin Costner, Kelly Ripa and Larry King and Australian country singer John Williamson, who sang one of Irwin’s favorite songs, “True Blue.”