Tearjerker: CBS Spotlights Gold Star Son's Heartfelt Note to National Guardsman

February 28, 2014 - 10:13 PM

Steve Hartman had trouble holding back his own tears on the 28 February 2014 edition of CBS Evening News as he profiled the beyond kind act of an eight-year-old boy in Ohio. Myles Eckert, whose father was killed in Iraq when he was just a baby, enclosed a $20 bill he found in the parking lot of a Cracker Barrel in a note, and gave them to a member of the Ohio Air National Guard who was having lunch there.

Hartman interviewed both Eckert and Lieutenant Colonel Frank Dailey, who received the heartfelt message from the Gold Star son (text of Eckert's note, and video of Hartman's report below the jump:

STEVE HARTMAN: ...[W]ith his dad in mind, Myles [Eckert] wrapped the twenty in a note that read, '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.' Signed, 'a Gold Star kid.'