Parade pride for dad and sons
A FORMER sailor has spoken of his pride after his two sons joined him in the Remembrance Sunday parade.
Gary Wenn, from Poynton, was joined by sons Adam, 25, a serving Marine, and Stephen, 22, a former soldier in the Royal Signals, on the march through the town on November 8.
Gary, 49, who is the secretary for the Hazel Grove branch of the Royal Naval Association, said: “I have attended every remembrance parade since I have lived in Poynton and for the last five years I have had the honour and privilege of laying the wreath on behalf of the Naval Services.
“This is the first remembrance Sunday my sons and I have been able to get together since we have all joined the military.
“They both travelled up from Helston, Cornwall, where they now live especially to march with me.
“Adam laid a Royal Marine wreath. It is a bit more personal for him, as he lost good friends in the Afghanistan war.
“We all feel it is important to remember the sacrifices that were made for us, in all wars and conflicts.
“Without their bravery and willingness to give everything we would not have the freedom we enjoy today. Remembrance Sunday is one of the most important dates in the military calendar.”
Gary joined the Royal Navy in 1982 and served in the fleet until 2005 when he moved to the Royal Naval careers service. He now works out of Stoke, recruiting the sailors and Royal Marines of tomorrow.
Gary moved to the area after meeting his wife Val, who was raised in Rainow and works as a health care assistant at Stepping Hill hospital.
His son Adam joined the Royal Marines in 2008 and has recently returned from a 12-month tour of duty in Diego Garcia, in the Indian Ocean.
Stephen joined the Royal Signals in 2010, but was medically discharged in January this year.
He is now studying computers at Plymouth University.
●● Gary Wenn (centre) with sons Adam (right) and Stephen (left) marched together in the Poynton Remembrance Sunday parade