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First Scotland offers free journeys in honour of Remembrance Sunday

Posted: 4th November 2019
  • First Scotland offering free travel to uniformed personnel, veterans and cadets travelling to Remembrance Sunday services and events.
  • Operator making it as easy as possible to attend city’s Remembrance events with a free journey up until 3pm on Sunday November 10th 2019.
  • Gesture is offered in honour of fallen and surviving veterans of conflict as well as current Armed Forces who protect and fight for the freedoms we take for granted.

Local bus operator First Bus is providing free travel to all armed forces personnel, veterans and cadets travelling to services and events across Scotland for Remembrance Sunday (10th November).

All armed forces personnel, veterans and cadets showing their Uniform and badges, or a recognised ID badge can claim free travel up to 3pm on Sunday as they travel to and from Remembrance Day activities on November 10th.

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 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 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 the occasion.”

Gordon Michie, the Head of Fundraising at Poppyscotland, added: “Remembrance Sunday is an important moment in the national psyche.  This is especially so for those who have selflessly served in our Armed Forces, many of whom have friends who have made the ultimate sacrifice.

“Providing free travel to veterans to help them attend Remembrance Sunday events across the country is a wonderful gesture by First Group and we commend them for this, and for their ongoing commitment to the Armed Forces community.”

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