An 8 Year Old Boy’s Gift to a Soldier

Wow. Bless this kid. Sometimes it takes the thoughtfulness of a child to bring things into sharper focus.

From The Blaze.

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.

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 Soldier.

“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)

……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.

FYI: LTC Daily gave away the 20 bucks but keeps the note as a reminder of SGT Eckert’s  sacrifice and his son’s thoughtful gesture.

One response to this post.

  1. Reblogged this on johncoyote and commented:
    This young boy honored his father and a soldier. This is what the USA should be.

    Like

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