VIDEO: This 8-Year-Old Military Kid Found $20, And Did Something Incredibly Touching With it


It’s so easy to complain about the lax and lazy attitude of the next generation of Americans, but sometimes a story comes along that revives your hope and belief that we’ll be ok in these kids’ hands.

From CBS News:

It happened at a Cracker Barrel, of all places. As the security camera shows, [Lt. Col. Frank] Dailey entered the restaurant on Feb. 7 for an early lunch. At about the same time, 8-year-old Myles Eckert came in with his family.

Myles was very excited. He’d just found a $20 bill in the parking lot. He’d started thinking of what he could spend it on.

“I kind of wanted to get a video game, but then I decided not to,” Myles says.

He changed his mind when he saw the guy in uniform.

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

Miles’ dad was killed fighting in Iraq, when Miles was only five weeks old. At the restaurant, he gave the soldier the twenty dollars with a note that read, “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, Miles asked his mom if they could make one more stop:

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

It sounds like the honor his father had was passed on to his son in great measure. If only more Americans respected the sacrifice of our military as much as this little boy.

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