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The ‘Incredible’ Thing an 8-Year-Old Boy Did for a Soldier Will Be Remembered For a ‘Lifetime’

Posted by on Mar. 2, 2014 at 11:25 AM
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The ‘Incredible’ Thing an 8-Year-Old Boy Did for a Soldier Will Be Remembered For a ‘Lifetime’



Like most 8-year-olds, Myles Eckert was already dreaming up ways he could spend a $20 bill he had just discovered laying in a Cracker Barrel parking lot earlier this month.

“I kind of wanted to get a video game, but then I decided not to,” the child recounted to CBS News.

That’s because Eckert saw Lt. Col. Frank Dailey enter the restaurant. The man in uniform changed his mind.

Why?

“Because he was a soldier, and soldiers remind me of my dad,” Eckert explained to CBS.

Lt. Col. Frank Dailey enters a Cracker Barrel Feb. 7. (Image source: Screen grab via CBS News)

Lt. Col. Frank Dailey enters a Cracker Barrel Feb. 7. (Image source: Screen grab via CBS News)

So, instead of purchasing something for himself, Eckert did something very different on Feb. 7. Something Dailey says he will remember for “a lifetime.”

The 8-year-old boy wrapped the $20 bill in a note he had authored to the solider.

“Dear Soldier — my dad was a soldier. He’s in heaven now.”
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“Dear Soldier — my dad was a soldier. He’s in heaven now,” the note said. “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.”

Lt. Col. Frank Dailey received a touching note from 8-year-old Myles Eckert earlier this month. (Image source: Screen grab via CBS News)

Lt. Col. Frank Dailey received a touching note from 8-year-old Myles Eckert earlier this month. (Image source: Screen grab via CBS News)

Eckert’s father, Army Sgt. Andy Eckert, had been killed in Iraq when he was only a few weeks old. The 8-year-old can only think of what he was like.

“I imagine him as a really nice person and somebody that would be really fun,” he told CBS News.

That February day, Eckert even asked his mother to go visit his father.

“He wanted to go see his dad,” said his mother Tiffany. “And he wanted to go by himself that day.”

She took a photograph of her son visiting his father’s grave.

8-year-old Myles Eckert visits his father. (Image source: Screen grab via CBS News)

8-year-old Myles Eckert visits his father. (Image source: Screen grab via CBS News)

Dailey, touched by the Eckert’s gesture, said he looks at the note he received each day.

“It’s incredible being recognized in such a manner,” he said, adding that the child’s simple gift has provided him “a lifetime of direction.”

Matthew 6:24

No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.

by on Mar. 2, 2014 at 11:25 AM
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rocketracer
by Gold Member on Mar. 2, 2014 at 11:27 AM

Wondreful insight and compassion from an 8 year old!

denise3680
by Gold Member on Mar. 2, 2014 at 2:05 PM

this made me cry.  The wisdon that comes from children is amazing.

cfcf
by Member on Mar. 2, 2014 at 2:15 PM
Well whoever lost a $20 at that Cracker Barrel now knows what happened to it. Lol.

Analeigh2012
by Silver Member on Mar. 2, 2014 at 8:05 PM
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Very heart-warming to see a family raising a child with such respect and compassion.  Brought a tear to this Army-mom's eye. 

4kidz916
by Gold Member on Mar. 3, 2014 at 12:24 PM

That's very sweet. 

kcangel63
by Amanda on Mar. 3, 2014 at 12:26 PM
Such a sweet boy.
143myboys9496
by Gold Member on Mar. 3, 2014 at 12:36 PM
1 mom liked this

His father is looking down on him, beaming with pride. 

Him hugging the headstone, made me cry...

agentwanda
by Member on Mar. 3, 2014 at 1:07 PM

He is an amazing young man and he has an amazing mom!

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