Metrobus unveiled its poppy bus at the Wings Museum in Balcombe last Saturday (October 27), as part of the West Sussex Poppy Appeal Launch.
The launch began with a two minutes’ silence and an introduction by Bruce Forbes, chairman of Mid Sussex District Council.
Martin Harris, managing director for Metrobus, 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 family event included a poppy making workshop and live music.
Metrobus is 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.
The bus will take part in the Armistice Day procession in Tilgate Park, Crawley, when the millennium beacon is lit.
It will also serve Metrobus routes in the Crawley area, as well as attending official events.