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Friday, 23 April 2010

ANZAC Day: 25 April

Today is St Georges Day. But I'm writing about ANZAC Day today. I'm writing about St Georges Day later; after I've tasted all of the English wines on show at today's St Georges Day tasting.
I'm writing about ANZAC Day today because I want to give you advance notice on what it's all about & what we're doing about it at artisan & vine.

This Sunday 25 April is ANZAC Day. As an Aussie, I’m going to need to tell you a little about it. Yes, you can expect to see a good number of Australians and New Zealanders out with BBQ and stubbies but I think it’s worth writing a little about what ANZAC Day is really about.

ANZAC = Australian and New Zealand Army Corps. The original intent of ANZAC Day was to commemorate whose who fought at Gallipoli, Turkey during World War I. It now more broadly commemorates all those who died and served in military operations for their countries. It’s an important day for Australians and New Zealanders, not only because we remember the honourable sacrifice of over 10,000 Aus & NZ soldiers, not only because it was the first international military conquest we were a part of, and not only because this was an 8 month stalemate on Turkish shores. It’s for all of these things and the spirit of commitment, strength and honour, that came to form part of both of our national identities.

To commemorate the ANZACs and support widows and children of deceased veterans, we’ll be donating £1 from every bottle of Australian or New Zealand wine sold at artisan & vine this Sunday to London Legacy.

Please do come along and enjoy some Australian or New Zealand wine this Sunday; it’s no extra cost to you & will benefit this very worthy cause.

Image: ANZAC Cove in Gallipoli

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