First Scotland to offer free travel to veterans, Armed Forces personnel and cadets for Remembrance Sunday
Local bus operator First Bus is providing a free single journey to all armed forces personnel, veterans and cadets travelling to services and events across Scotland for Remembrance Sunday (11 November).
All armed forces personnel, veterans and cadets showing their Uniform and badges or a recognised ID badge can claim a free single journey up to 1pm on Sunday as they travel to Remembrance Day activities on November 11th.
The concession by one of Scotland’s biggest bus operator is in honour of all the fallen and the surviving veterans of conflict and it means that services across all three operating companies in First Aberdeen, First Glasgow and First Scotland East will be honouring the offer.
During the First World War, on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918, the guns of the Western Front fell silent after more than four years of continuous warfare and with this year being the 100th anniversary, First Bus are paying tribute by offering free travel to Armed Forces personnel, veterans and cadets to support this year’s Poppy Scotland Appeal.
Andrew Jarvis, Managing Director of First Scotland, said: “Remembrance Sunday is an important and solemn reminder of the sacrifices made by so many in our Armed Forces and this year for the 100th anniversary we wanted to do something to mark the occasion.
“We have a number of veterans working for First Bus across all of our Scotland depots and we are very proud of their efforts and sacrifice, so this is our way of saying thank you to them as well as honouring all men and women who choose to serve and protect the freedoms our country now takes for granted.
“We hope this concession on our services will make it as easy as possible for as many Veterans, Armed Forces personnel and cadets to attend the various Remembrance services and events up and down the country on Sunday to mark such a landmark anniversary.”
Gordon Michie, Head of Fundraising at Poppyscotland, said: “Thousands of veterans will be travelling to Remembrance Sunday events across the length and breadth of the country.
“It will be an especially important day given that it will mark exactly 100 years since the signing of the Armistice, which would bring the First World War to an end. This is a wonderful gesture from First Bus that will benefit veterans all across Scotland.”