Archives For Honor
TOLEDO, Ohio — At the Ohio Air National Guard base near Toledo, Lt. Col. Frank Dailey still can’t believe the honor recently bestowed upon him. Watch the video 8-year-old boy pays it forward
“It’s incredible being recognized in such a manner,” he says.
It happened at a Cracker Barrel, of all places. As the security camera shows, Dailey entered the restaurant on Feb. 7 for an early lunch. At about the same time, 8-year-old Myles Eckert came in with his family.
Myles was very excited. He’d just found a $20 bill in the parking lot. He’d started thinking of what he could spend it on.
“I kind of wanted to get a video game, but then I decided not to,” Myles says.
He changed his mind when he saw the guy in uniform.
“Because he was a soldier, and soldiers remind me of my dad,” Myles explains.
And so, with his dad in mind, Myles wrapped the $20 in a note that read, “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.”
Army Sgt. Andy Eckert was killed in Iraq, just five weeks after Myles was born. All the kid has ever had are pictures and dog tags, other people’s memories and his own imagination.
“I imagine him as a really nice person and somebody that would be really fun,” Myles says.
The dad he imagines must also love a good story. Because after lunch that day, Myles asked his mom, Tiffany, to make one more stop.
“He wanted to go see his dad,” Tiffany says. “And he wanted to go by himself that day.”
She took a photo from the car. Follow the footsteps and you’ll see Myles standing there behind the flag, presumably telling his dad all about it. And whether heaven heard him or not, his good deed continues to impress here on earth.
“I look at it every day,” Dailey says of the note Myles gave him.
It turns out Myles gave him a bigger gift than $20.
“A lifetime direction, for sure,” Dailey says.
Dailey says he’s already given away that $20 and plans to do much more. He also hopes that little green Post-It will inspire other people across the country to give — to give as sincerely and dutifully as that father and son.
The Late Great John F Kennedy
Was shot on November 22, 1963
I was just 7 and a half months old
Too young to understand what everyone else was feeling
I know that my mother was working
She started off on her feet
But when the news was shared
She dropped to her knees
The tears streaming down her tired face
She wasn’t thinking
Stripped of thought
She went running
Home to us, her children
She held each one of us
One by one
Its been said that she was singing
A song that no one knew
It had not been heard before
She gathered us up and took us
She took us to the Boston Common
Where many others stood about
About in a daze
Everyone, singing, sobbing and soothing
All those that stood about
At some point everyone started to dispurse and
Return home or back to wherever they had come
But hours, days, weeks months and years went by
And no one ever understood why
Why anyone would want to harm such a good guy
John F Kennedy was such an honorable man
He was the best President we had ever had
How were people to go on without being able to understand
The Why or the how
Lee Harvey Oswald was arrested for JFK’s murder
Some still say that he wasn’t the one
People are still trying to figure out who really took the life of such a great man
If in fact it wasn’t Lee Harvey Oswald
No one has forgotten
No one could ever forget
One of the greatest men to have ever lived
His family still stands strong
Honoring his memory with all those both near and far
Take a moment to remember a man
Who gave his life for this great country of ours
He like many others fought a thankless fight
All so that we the people could live on with freedom and in peace
Our love is never ending for John F Kennedy
The Late Great John F Kennedy was written by
Felina Silver Robinson on 11/22/13
Read all the details here http://www.jfklibrary.org/JFK/JFK-in-History/November-22-1963-Death-of-the-President.aspx
Today we honor all of those currently serving in the military
We honor all those that have served in the military
and we honor all those who gave their lives so that we may continue to live ours
We honor all the families, especially the children who have shared their loved ones
We are all indebted to you for all that you have given us
Thank you all for your willingness and courage that you offer up for our safety
We all extend to you our undying gratitude – Thank You!
Felina Silver Robinson (Brookline MA)