2. On Feb. 7, Lt. Col. Frank Dailey, dressed in uniform, walked into an Ohio Cracker Barrel for an early lunch.
3. Moments later, an excited Myles Eckert came walking into the same restaurant. He had just found $20 in the parking lot, and was dreaming up how he’d spend the cash.
4. The 8-year-old was thinking he might use the money to buy a video game, but changed his mind after seeing Lt. Col. Frank Dailey. Instead, he decided he would give his money to the soldier.
5. When asked why he made that decision, Myles told CBS News, “because he was a soldier, and soldiers remind me of my dad.”
6. Myles’ dad, Army Sgt. Andy Eckert, was killed in Iraq only five weeks after Myles was born. Myles told CBS he imagines his dad was a really nice person, and a lot of fun.
7. With his dad in mind, Myles wrapped the $20 in a note before giving it to an honored Lt. Col. Frank Dailey.
“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 Eckert, a gold star kid.”
8. After lunch, Myles asked his mom, Tiffany, if he could go see his dad. He told her he wanted to go by himself that day. If you follow the footsteps, you can see Myles standing behind the flag.
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