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A teen spent two years of her life designing a prom dress to honor 25 fallen marine heroes.
Aubrey Headon from Illinois went out of her way to honor 25 fallen marine heroes as she designed a unique prom dress.
Aubrey wore a red, white and blue halter gown adorned with 25 red and white ribbons with the name of 25 fallen marine heroes at her high school prom.
“It all started when I met one of the Gold Star moms, Gretchen Catherwood.She started the Darkhorse Lodge to help combat veterans.
I do a fundraiser every year to donate to the lodge”, she told Yahoo Lifestyle.
“Well, we didn’t make the dress itself. We searched for a couple of years to find the perfect one. My mom bought it and it fit perfect”, Aubrey told Liftable.
“It took about 3 weeks to craft the ribbons and attach to the dress.”
“It makes me feel proud. Their memories need to carry on so they don’t fade into nothing.”
There was one extra ribbon on her dress – a black ribbon.
Aubrey wore it to honor her friend, Tyler Smith – a member of the Illinois Army National Guard who drowned in 2018.
Aubrey, who was praised by everyone for her act, said: “I just had prom this past weekend. No one really knew that I had made the dress or what it meant until the story was on the internet. Now, many students and even more faculty have praised my creation and tribute.”
“The biggest response has been from Gold Star families, thanking me for remembering their loved ones,” Aubrey said.
“I hope my dress inspires people to honor our fallen soldiers and hopefully remember their sacrifices. I would tell more teens to show their support for our troops by taking a few minutes out of their days to show appreciation and kindness to our veterans. Also, to pay tribute to the Gold Star families, those who lost someone in the war, by remembering their loved one.”
“Just even to say their name. I do things like place flags or wreaths on grave sites during Veteran’s Day and the Holidays. I help to clean off the military headstones. I feel any little gesture shows love and respect to the veterans and their families.”
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