STAGECOACH is offering free bus travel to thousands of military veterans to mark D-Day.

As part of its commitment to support the Armed Forces, the operator has confirmed free travel on its services across the UK for military and ex-military personnel on both D-Day (June 6) and on the weekend which includes Armed Forces Day (June 29 and June 30).

Free travel will be available to serving personnel in uniform, carrying a military ID card, veterans carrying a medal or veteran’s badge, and cadets. 

The announcement follows the unveiling of a special liveried D-Day bus by Stagecoach’s South team, in partnership with The D-Day Story, the only UK museum dedicated to telling the events of June 6, 1944, through objects, interactives and video.  

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The bus forms part of a commemoration, headlined by the D-Day in 80 Objects book, which showcases 80 carefully selected objects spotlighting stories of individuals involved in the D-Day landings.  

Stagecoach will be operating a special Park & Ride service with the D-Day and Poppy buses to get spectators to the event throughout the day and into the night. 

The company will also offer free travel on June 29 and June 30 for Armed Forces Day, which is a chance for the public to show support for the men and women who make up the Armed Forces community - from currently serving troops to Service families, veterans and cadets. 

The commitment to free travel for the Armed Forces is supported by Stagecoach’s employee led Veterans Network. 

Simon Tramalloni, interim operations director at Stagecoach Merseyside and Veterans Network Chair, said: “We are extremely proud and honoured to confirm free travel for all serving personnel, veterans and cadets on the 80th D-Day commemoration throughout the UK. This is our ongoing commitment to the wider armed forces community and a privilege to remember those that in 1944 gave their tomorrow so we could have our today, this is the least we could do to honour their memory."