One More For Memorial Day

One More For Memorial Day

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    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.”

    That’s because Eckert saw Lt. Col. Frank Dailey enter the restaurant. The man in uniform changed his mind.


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

    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 solider.

    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.

    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."

    That February day, Eckert even asked his mother to go visit his father.

    “He wanted to go see his dad,” said his mother Tiffany. “And he wanted to go by himself that day.”

    She took a photograph of her son visiting his father’s grave.

    Dailey, touched by the Eckert’s gesture, said he looks at the note he received each day.

    “It’s incredible being recognized in such a manner,” he said, adding that the child’s simple gift has provided him “a lifetime of direction.”


    Army Sgt. Gary (Andy) Eckert Jr. was killed by a roadside bomb in Iraq on May 8, 2005 during his second tour of duty. R.I.P.

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    Thank you QKShooter. I am not ashamed at all to tell you that brought tears to my eyes.

    God Bless this little man and he is a Gold Star Kid.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Navydude View Post
    Thank you QKShooter. I am not ashamed at all to tell you that brought tears to my eyes.

    God Bless this little man and he is a Gold Star Kid.
    What he said....
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    First time I read the story and saw the video, it brought tears to my eyes. Still does. Thanks for posting.
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    What a great young Man.
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    What a fine young man the soldier and wife raised......... Army Sgt. Ekert Jr. may you rest in peace .

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    Thank you for sharing this sir.
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    Dang screen's all blurry now.

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    Nothing more to be said, that wasn't. Thanks for the post.
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    What he said....
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    God Bless Myles Eckert, and all the other Gold Star Kids.
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    I know Sgt Eckert is looking down at Myles with love and pride. Thank you for sharing this.

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    Things get blurry at times. But this kids character is crystal clear.
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