Grab a hankie: 8-year-old makes soldier’s day


myles-noteA boy who never got the chance to know his father, an Army sergeant killed in Iraq, is keeping alive the selfless spirit of his dad.

Myles Eckert was going to eat lunch with his family at Cracker Barrel in Toledo, Ohio, last month when he got a windfall: He found a $20 bill in the parking lot.

“I kind of wanted to get a video game,” Myles tells CBS News.

But after he spotted a man in uniform in the restaurant, he changed his mind.

The 8-year-old decided to pay it forward and wrote a note to Lt. Col. Frank Dailey:

“Dear Soldier — my dad was a soldier. He’s in heaven now. I found this 20 dollars 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 touched. “It’s incredible being recognized in such a manner. I look at it (the note) every day,” says Dailey, who in turn  paid the $20 forward.

After Myles and his family were through with lunch, he asked his mom if they could go visit his dad, Sgt. Gary “Andy” Eckert Jr., who was killed by a roadside bomb in 2005. Myles was 4-weeks-old, his dad was 24.

His mother snapped this picture of Myles telling his dad all about it:


To learn more about the Eckert family, go here.

To watch the CBS News report, go here.