Graduating from high school is a big milestone for many high schoolers, and attending prom is one of the highlights of graduation. So it was understandable for one teenager to be upset when she learned that her boyfriend couldn’t be there.
Skylar Fontaine, of New Orleans, was sad when she learned that her 19-year-old boyfriend, Pvt. Gage Moak, couldn’t make it home for her high school prom, as he was on the East Coast training with the Marine Corps.
“But at the same time I support him 100% and I’m willing to deal with him being away because he’s the one making the ultimate sacrifice,” the 18-year-old told The Times-Picayune. “I have been with him through this entire process of becoming a Marine, and that has given us a special bond.”
As Moak won’t be attending her prom, she decided to get someone to stand in for him. You may wonder who could she possibly pick to replace her boyfriend? Well, take a look.
That lucky person was none other than Moak’s 2-year-old brother, Clay Jr.
“I had seen a child Marine costume online somewhere and I thought it was absolutely precious,” she told PEOPLE. “I mentioned to his grandmother that it would be a great idea to take some pictures and send to Gage. It came together so perfectly!”
On March 16, the day of the prom, Clay Jr. dressed in his own fitting Marine uniform and posed for photos with Fontaine, who loves the little boy.
“Clay is so sweet and always greets me with a hug. I’ve watched him grow up and I love him so much! He wants to be just like his big brother,” she told ABC News.
After photos, Fontaine went to her prom with a group of friends, and she didn’t forget to send the photos over to Moak.
“I thought this would be a sweet gesture to send to my boyfriend. He is a family man and very sentimental,” Fontaine said.
And Moak was happy to see the photos.
“My boyfriend was so thrilled. Like I said, he’s sentimental when it comes to his family, so it really touched his heart,” Fontaine said.
“I had been training that day and wasn’t able to look at my phone until later that evening and when I saw Skylar and Clay, it was unreal. I miss them and my family more than words can describe,” Moak told Fox 8. “Seeing their smiles motivate me more than anything. All the positive feedback is awesome!”
Fontaine also posted the photos on Twitter, where they quickly became a sensation with more than 200,000 likes.
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