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Soldier Father Dies In Combat, Now His Grave Is Covered In Stickers

by Emerald Pellot
Emerald Pellot graduated summa cum laude from New York University with a degree in Writing & Popular Culture. She worked as Senior Editor of College Candy for 2 years, covering feminism, popular culture, and college life before joining LittleThings in 2015. Based in New York City, Emerald covers a wide range of topics from human interest pieces to celebrity news.

When Myles was 5 weeks old, his father, Army Sgt. Andy Eckert, died in combat. Myles’ older sister Marley was so young when Andy passed away that she hardly has memories with him.

The siblings remember their father through photos, stories told of his valor, and through their mom, Tiffany. Myles came to fame a few years ago when he gave a soldier $20 at a Cracker Barrel for no reason other than that he wanted to honor his dad.

Tiffany describes Myles as almost a carbon copy of Andy. Though they hardly met, Myles has all the same interests, the same smile, and even the same sneeze. It’s through Myles that she was able to come to terms with the loss of her husband.

Folds of Honor, an organization that provides scholarships to the children of fallen soldiers, created this video to show families everywhere that there is hope after terrible loss.

Marley and Myles visit their father’s grave frequently. Instead of a somber place, they’ve turned it into a happy one by decorating it with stickers and tokens. They’ve transformed a place of mourning into one that celebrates their father’s life.

However, the Eckert family needs our help. Folds of Honor is still trying to raise money — whether you can donate a few bucks or just share this article to spread awareness, anything can be a big help.

Here is their message to LittleThings readers:

Support the families of our fallen and disabled service members by texting USA to 364-13, or visit www.foldsofhonor.org. Every dollar raised helps provided educational scholarships to the children and spouses of our military heroes.

Please SHARE this incredible family’s story to support the Eckerts and Folds of Honor!

Video Credit: Folds of Honor / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram

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