Video: A Little Boy ‘Pays It Forward’ In Memory of His Soldier Dad

What does the average kid do when he finds a twenty dollar bill on the ground? Most would go blow it on toys and candy. To an 8 year old that’s like a million bucks.

8 year-old Myles Eckert found the twenty in the parking lot of a  Cracker Barrel restaurant, and at first, he had thoughts of buying a new video game. Then he spotted Lt. Col. Frank Dailey in uniform, also eating at the restaurant.

 At that moment, everything changed.

“Because he was a soldier, and soldiers remind me of my dad,” Myles explains.

Myles’ father was killed in Iraq when he was 5 weeks old.  He remembers his dad through family pictures.

Myles wrote a note for Daily and wrapped the $20 bill inside.

“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.”



After lunch that day, Myles asked his mom to make one more stop. He wanted to go see his dad. And he insisted he went alone.

Have a box of Kleenex nearby….

9 thoughts on “Video: A Little Boy ‘Pays It Forward’ In Memory of His Soldier Dad

  1. What a terrific kid, his Mother has done a fine job instilling the correct values in him. I’m sure his Father is real proud of him seeing something like that unfold.


  2. Reblogged this on Citizen Tom and commented:
    Have you ever heard this word?


    (GLURJ) n. A sentimental or uplifting story, particularly one delivered via e-mail, that uses inaccurate or fabricated facts; a story that is mawkish or maudlin; the genre consisting of such stories.

    According to wordspy, coined the expression in 1998. Why such a derisive expression? I don’t know. Isn’t truth stranger than fiction?

    Truth must necessarily be stranger than fiction, for fiction is the creation of the human mind and therefore congenial to it. — G. K. Chesterton

    H/T to That Mr. G Guy’s Blog => Video: A Little Boy ‘Pays It Forward’ In Memory of His Soldier Dad
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    Video: A Little Boy ‘Pays It Forward’ In Memory of His Soldier Dad


  3. Okay, Deb wring out your tissues and set them aside, you may need them again.. Here is a Paul Harvey. . . “The Rest of the Story”.

    This is some fantastic family, despite all the hardship their encountered they continue doing what they do. I found this additional story on the Eckert Family that is worth sharing. Myles has a older sister named Marlee this is her story:

    Marlee Freedom Eckert’s Miracle

    You don’t meet a lot of children with the middle name Freedom. Then again, you don’t meet a lot of children like Marlee Freedom Eckert.

    Marlee was only 20 months old when her dad, Army Sgt. Gary “Andy” Eckert Jr., was killed on May 8, 2005, in Iraq. Andy also left behind a wife and a 4-week-old son named Myles on that Mother’s Day.

    I did not know Marlee or her family until two weeks ago when I learned of something that had been making her anxious and miserable.

    At Marlee’s school there is an annual father-daughter dance called the Winter Ball. This dance sometimes happens to fall on the very day of her dad’s birthday. Marlee’s dad can’t make it, so this dance serves as a painful reminder of her father’s sacrifice — an unnecessary pain, in my opinion, created by an outdated event.

    The Entire Story is here:

    What a remarkable family, and there are thousands more just like them who have made the ultimate sacrifice and who suffer the wounds of war everyday. Their lives are forever changed, they are true American Treasures. This Mother, Tiffany is really something special, she is doing a fantastic job despite all the hardship.


  4. Thanks Geo. Another beautiful reminder that there are still decent, generous, good-hearted people in this country. I’ll probably post that story this weekend.


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