RNZA Association supports Dolores Cross Project

Several thousand of the 30,000 New Zealand military personnel graves overseas now carry a personal and uniquely New Zealand tribute of a 'Dolores Cross' thanks to the inspiration and hard work of Waiouru lady, and National Army Museum Archivist, Dolores Ho.

The Dolores Cross is a simple, hand-made, woven Harakeke (New Zealand flax) cross designed through trial and error and a bit of creativity. So far Dolores has personally made over 7,000 crosses.

The Dolores Cross Project is a not-for-profit memorial initiative started by Dolores which aims to place a cross, 'a piece of home', on all New Zealand soldier graves overseas, a small tribute to the sacrifices made by so many ordinary Kiwis who gave their lives in times of war. When a Dolores Cross is placed, a photograph of each grave is taken and these will be available as a keepsake for the families often unable to travel to their loved one's resting place.

The Project desperately needs poppies, which are attached to each handmade cross. If you have any poppies please send them to: National Army Museum, PO Box 45, Waiouru 4861, Attention Dolores Ho. Contact us for more information.

Posted by RNZA Association on Muzzle Flashes.

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