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People Are Angry About Woolworths' Anzac Day Website

UPDATE: Woolworths removes Anzac website and expresses "regret" it caused "offense".

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Titled "Fresh In Our Memories" – similar to Woolworths slogan "The Fresh Food People" – the website features the stories of soldiers linked to Woolworths employees.

Visitors can create their own Anzac-themed profile picture or cover photo for Facebook, using the generator to add the phrases "Lest we forget", "Fresh in our memories" and the Woolworths logo.

I like my solders how I like my farmers: exploited for profit by woolworths

my quest to find reasonably priced groceries has much in common with the struggle of our brave boys at gallipoli

@adambrereton the Anzac spirit shipped from Ireland, defrosted and reheated fresh in our memories every day

"Let's use the memory of people who fought and died for our country to sell fruit and vegetables." GTFO, Woolworths.

@christianmccrea it was only $0.19

Lest You Forget, Woolworths Has Great Prices

Nobody should really be offended by the stupid Woolworths ad, because it’s just that: stupid and ill-conceived.

@MarkDiStef @Colvinius @matttburke @woolworths Note the utterly cynical use of the word "fresh," a key Woolworths marketing tag. Turds.

FRESH in our memories. Like the Fresh Food People, right? #boardroomtalk

Oh Wow @woolworths Who approved that one? #crass

Rapidly becoming disgusted at the likes of @newslimited @woolworths & others using #Anzac100 as a marketing ploy. No dignity, no respect

People are also harnessing Woolworths' generator for other means, posting a range of less-than-relevant "Anzac" themed pictures with the hashtag #FreshInOurMemories.

Oh dear, the #FreshInOurMemories thing from woolies is terrible.. Also, it makes it so easy for people to upload other images.

The Fresh Prince of Bel Air turned up...

...as did Ned Flanders.

Madonna and Drake's recent kiss made an appearance.

Thank you @Woolworths 🙏 #freshinourmemories

And who could forget Janet Jackson's nip slip at the SuperBowl?

Former PM John Howard's appalling bowling skills even got a mention.

#freshinourmemories #brandzacday

Howard wasn't the only political figure on show – many tweets highlighted memorable moments from Prime Minister Tony Abbott's political career.

Like the much-loved Head-Desk Boy.

And this questionable fashion choice.

And, of course, The Onion.

#LestWeForget #freshinourmemories

A Woolworths spokesperson told BuzzFeed News the site was designed for "people to share their photos, stories and memories" and the company gained no financial benefit from it.

"As an Australian company since our creation more than 90 years ago, we are very happy to support our diggers," they said.

"Like all Australians, we pay our respects to service people past and present and it's appropriate that to do that with a small logo on the site."

Woolworths is a national partner of the Returned and Services League and a principal partner of Camp Gallipoli.

"Last November we raised over $900,000 for the RSL in their poppy appeal, and over the past two years we've raised more than $1.5 for Legacy," the spokesperson said.

National President of the RSL Ken Doolan told BuzzFeed News he was not familiar with the "Fresh in our memories" website, but that Woolworths was an important supporter of the RSL.

"Woolworths is one of the firms which is very supportive of the RSL in our fundraising activities," he said.

The Fresh in Our Memories website has been taken down this evening. The site was developed to give our staff and customers a place to put their stories to mark the Centenary of ANZAC.We regret that our branding on the picture generator caused offense, this was clearly not our intention. Like many heritage Australian companies, we were marking our respect for ANZAC and our veterans.We continue to be proud supporters of the RSL and Camp Gallipoli in this important year and look forward to working with them in the future.

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