A diverse group of military veterans, UTC-4-Vets members, and all those wishing to pay tribute gathered to visit the final resting place of Sgt. Heman Baker along Willow Street at Pratt & Whitney's East Hartford, Connecticut, campus on May 21.
The group of more than 30 individuals came together to take part in the Memorial Day walk, organized by the United Technologies Coalition for Veterans (UTC-4-Vets). The walk honored our country's veterans just before the United States federal holiday.
Kevin Blake led the group's efforts to organize the Memorial Day walk in recognition of Baker and all veterans who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country. Blake is a retired United States Air Force master sergeant, current Pratt & Whitney Military Customer Support & Services discipline chief and UTC-4-Vets recruiting and development chair.
"Baker served in a Connecticut militia in the 1770s," Blake recounted. "He responded to the Lexington Alarm, known to most as Paul Revere's midnight ride, which alerted local militias of British military activity heading toward Lexington and Concord, Massachusetts, at the very start of the American Revolutionary War."
This event honored Baker's service as well all those who have given the ultimate sacrifice for their country. "It was enlightening," said Matthew Bromberg, president, P&W Aftermarket. "I have driven by the memorial for years, but never stopped to learn and reflect. The Memorial Day walk gave me an appreciation for not only Sgt. Baker, but to all the heroes in need of remembrance on Memorial Day."
Championed by Matthew Bromberg, UTC-4-Vets offers military veterans and their families a variety of tools and resources needed in the transition from military service and to help them excel in the workplace. Additionally, the organization recognizes veterans with Honor Walls and appreciation and remembrance events like this. The organization regularly attends local and national career fairs, is active in local communities, and plans to work with other UTC divisions and P&W sites to successfully impact a greater number of veterans.