Boy who lost father in Iraq gives soldier $20, tear-jerking thank you note

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TOLEDO, Ohio – An 8-year-old boy who lost his father in Iraq found $20 in a parking lot and decided to use it to thank a soldier who reminded him of his dad.

According to CBS News, the touching moment happened in an Ohio Cracker Barrel parking lot in February.

Myles Eckert, 8, found money in the parking lot before going into the restaurant, WGHP reported.

He was thinking about all the things he could buy including a video game he wanted.

But, CBS reported, the boy changed his mind when he saw Lt. Col. Frank Dailey.

Photo: CBS News

Photo: CBS News

He decided to give the money and a thank you note to the soldier “because he was a soldier and soldiers remind me of my dad,” Myles said, CBS reported.

The note stated:

“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.”

Myles father, Army Sgt. Andy Eckert, was killed in Iraq five weeks after Myles was born.

Lt. Col. Dailey told CBS the note gives him a lifetime of direction and he looks at it everyday.

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