Pa­rade pride for dad and sons

Macclesfield Express - - YOUR PICTURES -

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

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