What an emotional night.
[Image via Judy Eddy/WENN.]
This is not your everyday eight-year-old.
A young boy named Myles Eckert lost his father when he was only five-weeks-old. His dad Army Sgt. Andy Eckert was a U.S. soldier, and was killed while serving in Iraq.
Sometime last month, the child was at an Ohio Cracker Barrel with his family, and he found $20 outside in the parking lot. Most kids, and most adults for that matter, would've kept the money to buy something for themselves. But Myles actually went back to the restaurant to give the money to a soldier dining there.
"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 was later interviewed, and revealed that even though he was too young to remember his father, he imagines "him as a really nice person and somebody that would be really fun".
After handing the note to the soldier, Myles' mom Tiffany Eckert said her son wanted to go his father's grave to visit him — alone. There she captured him in a heartbreaking photograph where he's hugging his late father's gravestone.
As for Lt. Col Frank Dailey, the soldier who received the note and money, the impromptu gesture from the young boy made a huge impression on him. He said:
"It's incredibly being recognized in such a manner. I look at it (the note) every day."
What an incredible little boy.
Check out the picture of Myles hugging his father's gravestone and more information in the video (below).
[Image via CBS News.]