Stagecoach Manchester buses operating across the region will wear poppies supporting the Royal British Legion’s ‘Thank you’ campaign, marking 100 years since the end of World War One.
Stagecoach Manchester will pay tribute to past and present military personnel this Remembrance Sunday (Sunday 11th November). As part of a project initiated by retired Stagecoach Manchester bus driver, Martin Logan, the company will display Remembrance Crosses at each of its depots, as well as the Museum of Transport, to mark the Armistice Centenary.
A total of 310 wooden crosses will be on show, which will represent every Manchester Corporation Tramways worker who fought and died in the war. The names of these workers are already engraved in memorial plaques, one of which sits outside Stagecoach Manchester’s Hyde Road depot.
The public is invited to see each of Martin’s displays and join in Remembrance at the depots in Hyde, Sharston and at the Museum of Transport in Cheetham Hill.
Martin, who is now an avid historian, has dedicated countless hours to find out more about the 310 individuals who will be honoured on Remembrance Sunday.
Speaking about the displays, Martin noted: “In the years I worked for Stagecoach Manchester, the war memorial was something I looked at daily. Over time, I started to wonder who each person named on the plaque was, what they were like, what they did.
“I’ve always been interested in history, so in 2009 I began a project to put faces to each of these names. Relatives of many have been in touch over the years and we now know more about these war heroes than ever before.
“In the year of the Armistice Centenary, I think it’s hugely important to remember all those who fought and died and I hope this memorial display will help people to do just that.”
As well as the Remembrance displays, Stagecoach Manchester will be putting poppies on all of its bus services and offering free travel to armed forces personnel carrying a military ID card, as well as veterans wearing the veteran’s badge. Stagecoach Manchester drivers will also be invited to wear a poppy, as part of the company’s contribution to the Royal British Legion.
Elisabeth Tasker, managing director at Stagecoach Manchester, added: “We are proud to be supporting Remembrance Sunday. This year, 100 years after World War I ended, we are supporting our armed forces by saying thank you to all who served and sacrificed.
“Through our support, we hope we can send a clear message to our Armed Forces communities in Manchester, that we appreciate and recognise the commitment they have made, and continue to make, to our country.”
Stagecoach Group signed the Ministry of Defence’s Armed Forces Corporate Covenant in support of the Armed Forces Community. As a signatory of the Covenant, the company recognises the value serving personnel; regular and reservists, veterans and military families contribute to both the country and businesses across the country.