When a young boy found $20 in a Cracker Barrel parking lot, he was excited about all the possible goodies that his new money might buy him. However, this caring young boy changed his mind immediately when he spotted a man in uniform who was dining at the same restaurant.
He knew at that moment exactly what to do with that $20 he had just found in the parking lot.
As Lieutenant Colonel Frank Dailey went to lunch with his family, the active duty fighter pilot never expected such emotions from the tiny package: a post-it note wrapped around a soggy, cold twenty-dollar bill. As Myles Eckert explained, his father was also a soldier – and this twenty dollars, found only moments before lying in a Cracker Barrel parking lot, was his only way of paying it forward.
Myles couldn’t thank his own dad for his service. His father was killed in Iraq just 5 weeks after Myles was born. All he has of Sergeant Andy Eckert are pictures, dog tags and other people’s memories.
“Dear soldier,” the note begins. “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”
Needless to say, Lieutenant Colonel Frank Dailey was moved by the gesture. This selfless gift will not be forgotten.
“It’s incredible, being recognized in such a manner,” Dailey says.
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