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UTC Employee Veterans March in Connecticut Parade

Veterans from Pratt & Whitney joined in Connecticut’s 2015 Veterans Day Parade, of which UTC is a longtime sponsor. Pratt & Whitney veterans marched alongside a F119 engine.
Matthew F. Bromberg, Pratt & Whitney president, Aftermarket (left) and John Petrilak. Bromberg spoke to Pratt & Whitney veterans at a brunch prior to the parade.
Connecticut Department of Veterans Affairs Commissioner and former Pratt & Whitney employee Sean M. Connolly and Pratt & Whiney retiree Rosario Rizzo.
Christopher Anglin, senior engineer, Pratt & Whitney, and his daughter with the Pratt & Whitney engine nacelle float.
Monica Mohtasham, senior engineer, Pratt & Whitney, and daughter alongside the Pratt & Whitney float.

On Sunday, Nov. 8, the Pratt & Whitney-based “UTC-4-Vets” employee group led veterans from across the company in the Connecticut Veterans Parade in Hartford. The largest Veterans Day parade in New England featured close to 3,000 marchers, and thousands of spectators lined the streets waving American flags and holding signs that read, “Thank you.” 

UTC has a rich history of supporting veterans’ activities, and has been a major parade sponsor since its inception 16 years ago. UTC currently employs nearly 7,000 veterans throughout the United States.

For the sixth consecutive year, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs' Veterans Day Committee recognized the Connecticut Veterans Parade as one of the nation’s official “Veterans Day Regional Sites.” The parade is one of only 53 sites across the U.S. recognized this year with this prestigious honor and the only one in Connecticut to be honored. The parade also featured a flyover by a C-130H military transport plane, the first such flyover at the Connecticut parade since 2008. 

The Connecticut Veterans Day Parade is organized by a nonprofit collaboration of veterans’ groups, corporations, local municipalities, businesses and civic organizations. Many of the members of the Parade Planning Committee have been involved in the parade since its founding. The Connecticut National Guard assists with the management of parade logistics, and the City of Hartford hosts the annual tribute.