All of us at Boyds would like to thank each and every one of the many people who submitted their “Ode to Dad” stories and poems. What an inspiration it was for us to read them. It goes without saying that it was a very difficult job to narrow down to just one winner because all of your submissions were written from your hearts. We received submissions from people of all ages; young children, to people in their 80s, and ages in between.
And the winner is… Georgios Marantos, age 50, San Diego, CA
“We came to the U.S. from Greece. I was just three years of age. We left when a brutal dictatorship took power in Greece. My father left everything behind; his Naval career, his family, and his country of origin so that we could have a better life.
My father has made every sacrifice for us and taught us about how blessed we are to be Americans and to live in the greatest country with the ability to have an opportunity to be great and live our dreams.
My father is now 76 years old and because of him, I am the man that I am today. He taught me ethics, honesty, and integrity. He taught me to be a man and how to fight for what is right. He taught me that nothing is more important than to be free and to protect your freedom.
My father is a fighter, and the best father that anyone could ever have. He taught me to shoot when I was just 8 years old, going up to the mountains, and educated us on the use of firearms. I am so thankful for everything he has done for me.”