8 year old honors soldier
8 year old honors soldier

8-year-old boy turns $20 into a priceless memory


An eight-year-old boy who acted beyond his years decided to pay it forward to a soldier he had just met after he discovered a $20 bill laying in the parking lot.

Myles Eckert and his family had gone to  a Cracker Barrel  in Toledo, which is near the Ohio Air National Guard base. The boy said at first he thought about getting a video game with the money, but when he saw a soldier inside he changed his mind.  Instead, he did something heroic and selfless. He took the $20 bill and he wrote a message on and gave it to Lt. Col. Frank Dailey who was there at the restaurant dining with his family. The note was incredible...

“Dear Soldier, my dad was a soldier. He’s in heaven now. I found this $20 in the parking lot when we got here. We like to pay it forward in my family. It’s your lucky day! Thank you for your service. Myles Eckert, a gold star kid.”

Dailey was floored by the gesture from the little boy. It turns out Eckert’s father, Army Sgt. Andy Eckert, had been killed in Iraq just five weeks after Myles was born. Eckert says he imagines his father to be a very nice and fun person. He also imagines that his dad would enjoy a good story, because following the encounter at the restaurant; Eckert requested his mother stop by his father’s grave so he could see him, but wanted to go alone. She snapped a photo from the car of her son giving a hug to his dad’s headstone.


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