The Andrews Labor Government is making it easier for more Victorians to pay their respects this Vietnam Veterans Day, with free public transport to the Shrine of Remembrance and local commemoration services.
Veterans and war widows are encouraged to wear their medals, and members of the Australian Defence Force to wear uniform or show their ADF badge, to receive free travel on public transport this Saturday, 18 August, 2018.
School students, cadets, scouts, guides and band members in uniform attending commemoration services will also be eligible for free travel on the day.
Free travel will also extended to the regional public transport network for those travelling on V/Line train and coach services and regional buses.
Reservations are compulsory on long distance V/Line train and coach services, so passengers should call 1800 800 007 before the day of travel to secure a seat.
Veterans and war widows simply need to travel with one of the following forms of identification:
- Wear their uniform or service medals
- Wear an ex-service association or returned from active service or war widows badge
- Present their Department of Veterans’ Affairs Gold or White Card
- Present their Category ‘V’ Victorian Public Transport Concession card.
Public transport services will run to the normal Saturday timetable on Vietnam Veterans Day.
The Shrine of Remembrance service at 11am can be reached by a 10-minute walk from Flinders Street Station or by any St Kilda south bound tram except Route 1.
Passengers should disembark at tram Stop 19 (Shrine of Remembrance/St Kilda Roads) or Stop 20 (Domain Interchange).
Quotes attributable to Minister for Veterans John Eren
“This is a small gesture that will make it easier for Victorians to attend Vietnam Veterans Day services and pay their respects to those who have served on behalf of our state and country.”
“Vietnam veterans made a tremendous sacrifice and we should take some time to remember what they did for us.”
Quote attributable to Minister for Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan
“We’re doing our bit to help more Victorians honour our Vietnam veterans by providing free public transport this weekend – allowing people from all over Victoria to travel to Melbourne or their local service.”