Ohio Boy Finds $20 Bill And Gives It To Soldier In Memory of His Father Who Was Killed Serving In Iraq

Because he was a soldier and soldiers remind me of my dad

In this heartwarming story shown on the CBS News segment “On the Road” with host Steve Hartman, Myles Eckert, an 8-year old Ohio boy whose father was killed in Iraq, found a $20 bill in the parking lot of a Toledo area Cracker Barrel. While he was thinking of what that he could buy with the money, he saw a soldier come in and Myles decided to give him the $20 along with a note (below) explaining why he wanted to give the money to him.

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

The soldier, Lt. Colonel Frank Daly, said that Myles gave him far more than $20, he gave him a lifetime direction and hopes that this will inspire others to do more.

Note to Soldier

Myles Hugging Father's Headstone

images via CBS News

Lori Dorn
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