8-Year-Old Ohio Boy Finds $20 And Gives It To A Soldier In Memory Of His Father

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Whilst visiting the local Cracker Barrel, 8-year-old Myles Eckert of Ohio found $20 in the parking lot. As most kids would, Myles instantly began to think of ways he could spend his $20 and decided he would probably buy a video game. Instead, Myles saw a soldier sitting in the restaurant and decided to give the $20 to him wrapped in this note,

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 Eckles, a gold star kid”

Myles’ father Sergeant Andy Eckert had died whilst serving in Iraq when the boy was just five-weeks-old. Having heard stories of his father’s bravery and that of other soldiers fighting in far off countries, Myles thought the money would be better spent on paying back Lt. Colonel Frank Daly. Daly has since used the note to inspire others across America and says that Myles has given him a “lifetime direction.” Watch the full coverage from CBS Evening News below.