A Person with a Passion

Graves of officers of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps on the Gallipoli Peninsula
Graves of officers of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps on the Gallipoli Peninsula

Sometimes you come across someone who has the most amazing passion for something they are doing and it can be quite an inspiring experience. I recently met one such – Dolores Ho – who is an archivist at the National Army Museum at Waiouru.

In her spare time Dolores makes small flax crosses with an ANZAC poppy attached and her aim is to have these placed on the graves of all New Zealand service personnel overseas (read more about her project). If you have ever visited a Commonwealth War Graves cemetery they are often beautiful and sad places, superbly maintained by local gardeners, but not exactly bustling with visitors.

I visited Suda Bay on Crete some years ago and it would have been nice to place a little memento and take a photograph of the headstone which is what Dolores asks volunteers to do. She sees the name “Dolores Cross” as not being about her but about the meaning of her name which is “sorrows”.

The project seems to be focusing on World War 1 graves so far. Our New Zealand at War resource provides a vast amount of information for people interested in New Zealand’s participation in overseas conflicts.

Dolores hopes to eventually establish a website where all the headstone photographs can be displayed.

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