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My father, my hero
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 "It is not flesh and blood but the heart which makes us fathers and sons."

— Johann Schiller

Today is Father’s Day, a day when we take time to say how much we appreciate those we call "dad," "daddy," "papa" or "pops."

Whatever you call your father, today is the day to tell him how much you love him.

Donating half of your DNA to a child does not make you a father. Being there to wipe off bloody knees, carrying little ones on your shoulders, encouraging children either at bat or in their studies, and the myriad of other supporting, disciplinary and nurturing actions give men the distinction of being a father.

The winner of our "My father, my hero" contest, who is featured on the front page today, is a classic example of what it really takes to be a dad.

Stepfathers, grandfathers and positive male role models also should be thanked today and cherished everyday.

If you are a father, think about what the word really means. If you are living up to the definition, then we wish you a very happy Father’s Day.