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UTC Employee Veterans March in CT Veterans Parade

UTC employee veterans marching down Asylum Street during the CT Veterans Parade.
Kimberly Hagerty, Pratt & Whitney veteran, hands out flags to parade spectators.
UTC employee veterans march under the Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Arch in Hartford, Conn. The arch was dedicated on September 17, 1886 – the anniversary of the Battle of Antietam – to honor the 4,000 Hartford citizens who served in the Civil War, and the 400 who died for the Union.
Passing out flags before the parade.
UTC veterans met at the Pratt & Whitney Hangar and Museum before heading to the parade.
Sean Connolly, Pratt & Whitney veteran, hands out flags to parade spectators.
Last weekend, over 50 United Technologies veterans from across the company came together to march in the Connecticut Veterans Parade. The Hartford, Conn., parade features more than 4,000 marchers, 150 military and veterans groups and 40,000 spectators, and is the largest Veterans Parade in New England.  UTC has a rich history of supporting veterans activities, and has been the parade’s presenting sponsor for the past 13 years. UTC currently employs nearly 10,000 veterans throughout the United States and over 3,000 in Connecticut.

“The parade is a terrific opportunity to recognize all veterans for their service to our country and a great reminder to the residents of Connecticut of the sacrifices made by our veterans over the years in all branches of service,” said Rosario Rizzo, Manager of Public Affairs, Pratt & Whitney and organizer of UTC’s participation in this year’s parade.  Rizzo is a veteran, having served as Radioman 2nd Class, U.S. Navy.

Veteran’s Day falls on November 11 this year and UTC business units are planning celebrations to honor employee veterans.  For those who haven’t served, the day presents an opportunity to show gratitude and support.  

UTC Celebrating Employee Veterans

Bridgeport, Connecticut – Sikorsky

Thursday, Nov. 8, third shift cake ceremony for veterans. Friday, Nov. 9 appreciation buffet lunch served to veterans along with cake and second shift cake ceremony for veterans.

Burnsville, Minnesota – UTC Aerospace Systems

The Burnsville/Eagan site is hosting a luncheon for all of veteran employees on Wednesday, Nov. 14.

Dallas, Texas – Pratt & Whitney Dallas Airfoil Repair Operations

Friday, Nov. 9, through Tues., Nov. 13, PowerPoint slide show, with commemorative moment of silence at 11 a.m. CST Monday, Nov. 12.

Danbury, Connecticut – UTC Aerospace Systems, ISR Systems

The Danbury site is hosting a Wounded Warrior Project guest speaker on Nov. 9 at 11:20 AM.

Additional Danbury, Conn events include:

  • Disabled Vietnam Veterans Clothes Drive
  • Danbury Employee Veterans Recognition Bulletin Board
  • Bake Sale (100% Proceeds to WWP)
  • Flag Raising and Veteran Recognition Ceremony
  • Veteran Recognition Breakfast
  • Current Danbury Military Deployed Employee Recognition

East Hartford, Connecticut – Pratt & Whitney

Guest Speaker Brig. Gen. Bruce Byrum (Retired), former assistant deputy chief of staff for aviation, USMC on Monday, Nov. 12, noon EST, ceremony at Pratt & Whitney Hangar and Museum.

Fort Worth, Texas – UTC Aerospace Systems, Interiors

Veterans will be recognized on Monday, Nov. 12 with an animated flag on the all employee big screens and a moment of silence and all employee veterans will receive red poppy flowers.

Malvern, Worcestershire, UK – UTC Aerospace Systems, ISR Systems

The Malvern site will hold a two-minute moment of silence in recognition of veterans, a poppy fundraiser will be held leading up to November 11 holiday to support the British Legion and a €10,000 donation will be made to the Soldiers Sailors Airmen’s Families Association (SSAFA) in the UK.

North Berwick, Maine – Pratt & Whitney

There will be free coffee and pastries for veterans in the cafeteria.

Princeton, New Jersey – UTC Aerospace Systems, ISR Systems

A check for $50,000 will be presented to the Wounded Warrior Project on Nov. 9. This is the third consecutive year that ISR Systems has supported the Wounded Warrior Project, a non-profit, non-partisan organization that works to honor and empower wounded warriors and their families. John Fernandez of the WWP will be the guest speaker.

Rockford, Illinois – UTC Aerospace Systems

The Rockford site will host an employee gathering, with executive comments, with VFW Color Guard at both main plants on Monday, Nov. 12. And Self-identified employee veterans will be invited to a free lunch on Nov. 12.

Shelton, Connecticut – Sikorsky Overhaul & Repair

On Monday, Nov 12. there will be a cake cutting ceremony for first and second shift employees. The second shift Veterans donated a quilt with patches from the Armed Services which will be displayed for both shifts.

Stratford, Connecticut – Sikorsky

A Veterans Day Ceremony will take place on Thursday, Nov. 8 at 10 a.m. in the High Bay. The ceremony will include the presentation of The Colors, and The National Anthem sung by Stratford employee Richard Pagnani. As part of this annual observance, the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) will be in the West Cafeteria to raise funds for Wounded Warrior Heroes.

San Diego, California – Pratt & Whitney AeroPower

There will be a Veterans Day Recognition Ceremony on Friday, Nov. 9 outdoors on campus.

Westford, MA – UTC Aerospace Systems, ISR Systems

The Westford site is hosting a Wounded Warrior Project guest speaker, Linda Perry, on Nov. 6 at 2 p.m.

Other veterans recognition events will include:

  • Flag Reveille and Retreat Ceremonies
  • Lunch Time Table – Minute to Win it Challenge
  • Freedom/Wellness Walk
  • Veterans Appreciation Ceremony
  • Freedom Lunch in Café

West Palm Beach, Florida – Pratt & Whitney

Veterans Day breakfast for first shift, and deli boxed lunches for second and third shift veterans, recognizing almost 200 veterans.

West Palm Beach, Florida – Sikorsky

Employees at the Florida Assembly & Flight Operations Center and the Development Flight Center will observe a moment of silence on Friday, Nov. 9. Cupcakes will be served to employees in the cafeterias during lunch that day. Employees who are Veterans will be honored as their names scroll on the plasma screen monitors at FAFO.

Wolverhampton, UK – UTC Aerospace Systems, Actuation Systems

A wreath-laying ceremony will be held at the Marston War Memorial on Friday, Nov. 9 at 11 a.m. and is open to all employees who wish to attend.

UTC supporting Veterans in the Community

UTC support of veterans extends beyond employee activities, to include organizations in communities throughout the U.S. including Operation HomefrontWounded Wear and the Wounded Warrior Project.

Additionally, Chairman & CEO, Louis Chênevert, is currently serving on the Board of the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation

If you would like to share your employee veteran story or photos, email [email protected]

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