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Teenager is a tribute to the fallen Marines with prom dress design

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A student of the high school is in honor of the 25 fallen Marines with her prom dress – which allegedly took her two years to make.

Aubrey Headon, who attends Rochelle Township High School in Rochelle, Ill., designed the patriotic dress to resemble an American flag, with streamers of red and white, that flow down the blue skirt. The matching blue halter top with embellishments that resemble stars.

Aubrey Headon, who attends Rochelle Township High School in Rochelle, Ill., designed the patriotic dress to resemble an American flag.
(Aubrey Headon)

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However, it is not the eye-catching color scheme that has led to attention to the details. The red and white ribbons are 25 names printed in white and black, which belong to the members of the 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines, also known as 3/5 or darkhorse, who were killed in action between September 2010 and April 2011, while performing activities in the District Sangin of Helmand Province in Afghanistan.

Hearing about the battalion inspired Headon tribute to the men of the sacrifice.

The red and white ribbons are 25 names printed in white and black, which belong to the members of the 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines, also known as 3/5 or darkhorse.
(Aubrey Headon)

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“I wanted to wear this tribute dress [for] my senior prom, so that the memories of the boys who fell in Afghanistan for our right to live how we do and we do what we do every day,” the teenager said: Yahoo Lifestyle. “I don’t want them to fade into nothing.”

Headon told Yahoo Lifestyle, the idea sparks after she met Gretchen Catherwood, a mother of one of the fallen men.

Hearing about the battalion inspired Headon tribute to the men of the sacrifice.
(Aubrey Headon)

“She started the darkhorse Lodge to help combat veterans. I do a fundraiser each year to donate to the lodge,” Headon said.

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Since posting her dress on social media, Headon said she received tons of messages of support.

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