Teen Shows Up To Prom In Dress That Creatively Honors Marines

Plenty of teen girls spend years looking forward to prom and dreaming of their perfect prom dress.

For Aubrey Headon, those dreams involved designing a dress that doubled as a nod to the military.The theme was red, white, and blue


Headon made headlines for her beautiful tribute, one she hoped would remind people of the fact that service members give their lives so the rest of us can enjoy carefree times like prom night.Her red, white, and blue gown was a nod to the American flag, but even more special was the skirt.
It was adorned with 25 ribbons that bore the names of 25 fallen members of the 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines, also known as 3/5, and nicknamed “Darkhorse.”

The “Darkhorse” Marine Corps unit had the highest casualty rate of any unit in the last decade of war.

Doing something special
The idea for the gown started when Aubrey met Gretchen Catherwood.

“She started the Darkhorse Lodge to help combat veterans. I do a fundraiser every year to donate to the lodge,” the teen told Yahoo Lifestyle.

Catherwood is the mother of Alec Catherwood, one of the Darkhorse Marines. He and 24 members of his battalion were killed in action between September 2010 and April 2011 in Afghanistan’s Helmand Province.


The meeting inspired Aubrey to do “something special” in Catherwood’s memory.

The 26th ribbon
Headon said: “I wanted to wear this tribute dress [to] my senior prom so the memories of the guys who fell in Afghanistan for our right to live how we do and do what we do every day is carried on. I don’t want them to fade into nothing.”

Memories are important to the teen, who lost a close friend affiliated with the military. His name, “Tyler Smith,” is emblazoned across a lone black ribbon, the 26th addition to her dress. Smith graduated in 2014 from the same high school Headon attended.


His death was ruled a drowning, but he also happened to be a member of the Illinois Army National Guard.

Raising money and awareness
Gretchen Catherwood was touched by the gesture and said Aubrey continues to help raise money for their Darkhorse Lodge non-profit.

“Aubrey has been an important part of our lives for five years. She honors our son and his brothers every chance she gets. She is a very special young lady.”

The battalion dates back to WWI, but they got their nickname during the Korean War. It comes from the radio call sign of the commander at the time, Colonel Robert Taplett, who was known as “Darkhorse Six.”

A documentary called For the 25 tells the men’s stories and their struggles during the seven-month deployment.

Prom and beyond
Headon wore the dress to her senior prom at Rochelle Township High School in Illinois.

The blue dress that Aubrey modified will be displayed at the Rochelle Museum in the near future, according to her mother, Cass Headon.

When photos of her dress hit social media, she was flooded with messages of support.

“The biggest response has been from Gold Star families, thanking me for remembering their loved ones,” she said.

Aubrey now attends Carroll University in Wisconsin where she’s studying exercise science and hope to become a physical therapist so she can help former combat veterans. Despite struggles with Cerebral Palsy, she’s also part of the track and field team.

Please SHARE this with your friends and family.


Related Posts

Teacher Pays Visit to Boy Who Skips School, Learns He Tends to Little Sis Alone — Story of the Day

A teacher learns her pupil is skipping school and tending to his little sister alone when she pays him a surprise visit. Little does she know she’s…

Rich Man in SUV Blocks Ambulance in Traffic Unaware His Son Is inside — Story of the Day

After a traumatic event in childhood, Taylor grew to mistrust doctors so much that he wouldn’t move when an ambulance was trying to get through a traffic…

Old Lady Didn’t Let Anyone into Her Home for Years until One Woman Set Foot Inside – Story of the Day

An old lady never allowed anyone to enter her house for 13 years. But when I did manage to get in there, I was frozen stiff by…

Everyone Mocks Poor Old Lady Desperately Selling Flowers until Young Woman Stops By – Story of the Day

Geraldine was a reserved old lady who sold flowers on the street every day. She endured insults from people who didn’t like her flowers and from people…

Poor boy gives his umbrella to the old lady in the rain, she returns it with an envelope inside – Story of the day

A poor boy decided to share his umbrella with an old lady after getting caught in the rain, walking with her toward her house. A couple of…

Girl Shares Birthday Cake With Homeless Man, Next Day He Returns With Three Fellas To Thank Her — Story of the Day

A little girl shared her birthday cake with a homeless man she had never met before. The next day, the man waited for her dad to leave…