CRESTVIEW — Fixed route bus service will be free for all riders Nov. 12 in honor of Veterans Day, Okaloosa County Transit representatives announced.
Free rides will be offered on all WAVE fixed routes. Buses begin running at 7 a.m. and will continue service until 7 p.m. See a complete listing of routes and schedules at www.rideoct.org or call 833-9168.
“Our community is filled with veterans,” said Lani Birchett, the Okaloosa County Board of County Commissioners' transit coordinator and grants manager. “They have given so much to our nation, so we wanted to try to find a small way to give to the community in their honor. We are so grateful to them and encourage all who board a bus on the 12th to thank a veteran.”
Beatrice Love-Moore, Okaloosa County Veteran Services' director, expressed gratitude for the service. “We are truly honored to have our area veterans recognized by the county,” Love-Moore said. “This effort shows that the county cares about our veterans and acknowledges their service to both our nation and our local community. Additionally, this day of free service will help a huge number of local veterans because many of them use public transportation.”