Poppy bus unveiled at West Sussex Poppy Appeal launch
Metrobus' new poppy bus was officially unveiled at the West Sussex Poppy Appeal launch at the Wings Museum in Handcross recently.
It's particularly poignant given that November 11 is the centenary of Armistice Day, which marks the end of the First World War, as well as being Remembrance Sunday. The bus will also take part in the Armistice Day procession in Tilgate Park, Crawley, when the millennium beacon will be lit.
The launch began with a two minutes' silence and an introduction by Bruce Forbes, the Chairman of Mid Sussex District Council. The family event included a poppy making workshop and live music, with an accent on the 1940s and fifties, and the Copthorne Silver Band.
Metrobus will be giving veterans and serving members of the armed forces free travel on Sunday November 11, as a small thank you and a mark of respect.
Metrobus' Managing Director Martin Harris said: "The poppy bus honours the memory of the millions of soldiers killed in the terrible conflict of WWI but the poppy is also a potent symbol of the sacrifices made in all past conflicts. Above all, the remembrance poppy symbolises hope, the hope that we can create a more peaceful world in the future and the belief that this is the best way to honour those who fell. This message is as relevant today as it was in 1918.
"We hope the poppy bus will help raise money for the vital work the Royal British Legion's Poppy Appeal does for veterans and serving men and women in our armed forces."
The poppy bus will serve Metrobus routes in the Crawley area, as well as attending official events.