Free bus travel for armed forces on Armed Forces Day
First South Yorkshire is honouring the armed forces community by offering free bus travel for serving troops, veterans and cadets for Armed Forces Day events taking place this month.
The armed forces will be able to travel on any First South Yorkshire service for free, enabling them to easily travel to Armed Forces Day events. Members of the armed forces who are in uniform, or able to show an identification card, can claim free travel on Saturday 22nd June in Sheffield, and Saturday 29th June in Rotherham and Doncaster. The offer is also open to members of the cadet forces in uniform and veterans who display valid identification, such as the MOD issued Veteran's Badge.
Supporting Armed Forces Day is of importance to the local bus operator as a significant number of its staff, including drivers, are ex-members of the armed forces. Andy Simpson, Operations Director at First South Yorkshire, comments: “This is an incredibly important occasion for many people to show their support, or remember family members, friends and others who have been lost in military service. We support events like this every year, as a significant number of our team come from a military background.
“There will be many events and services taking place locally where people, communities and organisations around the area can visit to show their respect. As a supporter of our communities, we want to make it as easy as possible for people to attend local events on this important day.”
In addition, First South Yorkshire is supporting a Veteran’s event on Saturday 15 June, which is to celebrate the D-Day 75 event and to support the Sheffield, Normandy Veterans. The operator will be providing transport to carry 200 passengers on the day.
Councillor Denise Fox adds: “Once again First South Yorkshire has come to the aid of the veterans of this city. The public services are giving their time towards a fantastic event supporting these courageous and valiant people on the 75th anniversary of D-day. First South Yorkshire has a history of helping whenever they can and didn't hesitate to step in when asked.
“This city and this country owe these individuals so much gratitude. It is an honour that Sheffield city council and First have come together to make this a memorable occasion for everyone to enjoy.”