By Tami Jackson
Army Lt. Col. Frank Dailey entered the Cracker Barrel restaurant on February 7th with nothing other than lunch in mind.
But the Lt. Col. received much more than daily sustenance.
At the same time on that Friday, 8 year old Myles Eckert and family arrived at the Cracker Barrel. Myles was very excited — he had just found a $20 bill in the parking lot.
What young Myles did AFTER finding the $20 bill is moving beyond belief.
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Myles wrapped the twenty in this note:
“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.”
Myle’s dad, Army Sgt. Andy Eckert, was killed in Iraq 5 weeks after Myles was born. Myles has only pictures of his dad, and Sgt. Eckert’s dog tags.
But that little man surely has his father’s heart, a sacrificial heart.
Myles Eckert gave Lt. Col. Dailey a gift far more precious than a mere $20: he gave a gift of gratitude and paid the ultimate compliment.
Myles compared Dailey to his dad. A dad who paid the last full measure of devotion and from heaven’s portal, must surely be proud of his young, gold star son.
H/T to Matt Barber of barbwire.com