Meeting the Prime Minister

Meeting the Prime Minister I had an amazing day at Westminster Abbey as we gathered for the Anzac Day service. I met some important people there quite unexpectedly. Judy Rieck and her husband Trevor are volunteers who did hundreds of graves in UK, Belgium and Turkey. I have never met them before but have seen photos of them. I recognised Judy in the crowd when we were leaving Westminster Abbey after the Anzac Day service. What a great opportunity! Now, on to the Prime Minister. I was told by New Zealand Defence Force personnel based at the NZ Embassy that they took some crosses to the Caterpillar Valley Cemetery on Sunday and they passed a few to the Prime Minister, John Key. They also told him about the Dolores Cross Project. Mr Key found the grave of a solider named Ernest Key of the Norfolk Regiment, killed on 27 April 1917. He placed a cross at Private Key's grave. The Prime Minister's father was George Ernest Key, so he wonders if he is related to the soldier. He intends to do some research to find out who Pte Key was. At Westminster Abbey, I introduced myself to the PM and told him I am the lady who makes the crosses. He said "I heard about you, I placed your cross at a relative's grave. It is a great project, thank you for doing it." I am so glad he knows about the DCP. I never expected to meet the NZ Prime Minister or the Riecks in London. What a great day!

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