LONDON, June 14, 2011 /PRNewswire/ --
Virgin Trains will support Armed Forces Day on 25 June 2011 by offering members of the armed forces a complimentary upgrade from Standard to First Class, space permitting. If appropriate, one accompanying passenger can also benefit.
The suggestion came from Virgin Trains' Train Manager, Steve Ward, who is based at the company's Liverpool depot. Steve said: "I have a soft spot for all our men and women in the forces. I just feel these people accept the call to put their country and its people before themselves, and for this we should be grateful. Armed Forces day is a chance to say thank you."
Train Managers will make an onboard announcement, subject to seats being available in First Class. To claim the upgrade a valid HM Forces Railcard must be produced.
Notes to Editors - Virgin Trains
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Notes to Editors - Armed Forces Day
Armed Forces Day now occurs annually on the last Saturday in June. In 2011 it will be on Saturday 25 June.
It is an opportunity to do two things. Firstly, to raise public awareness of the contribution made to our country by those who serve and have served in Her Majesty's Armed Forces, Secondly, it gives the nation an opportunity to Show Your Support for the men and women who make up the Armed Forces community: from currently serving troops to Service families and from veterans to cadets.
The 2011 National Event will be held in Edinburgh, but there are many more events up and down the country being held in support of Armed Forces Day. Virgin Trains runs direct train services from Birmingham to Edinburgh, serving places such as Crewe, Preston and Carlisle.
Become a fan of Armed Forces Day on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/ArmedForcesDay
The Armed Forces Day logo and other resources are at http://www.armedforceday.org.uk
Official Armed Forces Day flags and party packs are available from http://www.zephyr-tvc.com
More information on the MOD and Armed Forces can be found at http://www.mod.uk
For more information about Armed Forces Day 2011 visit the website - http://www.armedforcesday.org.uk/
SOURCE Virgin Trains