8-year-old boy honors soldier with $20 and note of thanks

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Video screen grab of a note written by 8-year-old Myles Eckert and given to a U.S. soldier in a Cracker Barrel restaurant in Toledo, Ohio. (YouTube video)
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Video screen grab of a note written by 8-year-old Myles Eckert and given to a U.S. soldier in a Cracker Barrel restaurant in Toledo, Ohio. (YouTube video)

8-year-old boy honors soldier with $20 and note of thanks

by: Carlos Bongioanni | .
Stars and Stripes | .
published: March 05, 2014

Eight-year-old Myles Eckert was thrilled, to say the least, when he recently scooped up a $20 bill from the parking lot of a Cracker Barrel in Toledo, Ohio.

According to a CBS News report, Myles immediately thought of spending the money on a new video game. But, he told the reporter, he changed his mind when he spotted, inside the restaurant, a customer wearing an Army uniform.

Reminded of his father — Army Sgt. Andy Eckert, who was killed in Iraq just five weeks after Myles was born — the boy wrapped the $20 in a quickly-scribbled note that read as follows:

"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 signed the note "a gold star kid."

The soldier who got the note, Lt. Col. Frank Dailey, told CBS it was an incredible experience being recognized in that way. He gave away the $20 to someone else, he said, but the words from Myles' note he reads every day, a treasure that serves as inspiration and direction for life.

Read more at CBS News.

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