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Pioneer Parade to remember 9/11 with Traveling Memorial

The 2016 Pioneer Days parade will be held in Kalida, Ohio on Sept. 11th, 2016, the 15th anniversary of 9/11. The Parade theme for this year is: REMEMBER, HONOR, & RESPECT, THE DAY AMERICA CHANGED 9/11.

The theme for this year’s parade was selected from entries submitted by students from Kalida Elementary School. Jack Stechschulte was the winner of this year’s parade theme contest.

This year’s parade will include a steel artifact from the World Trade Center, which is the only traveling piece of the World Trade Center Steel in the country. This traveling artifact will be presented by 911Steel, which is a partnership between the Fire Museum of Cincinnati and the Goodtimers Foundation. 911 Steel is a traveling artifact, meant to generate public awareness, to foster and preserve the memories of generations of Americans as to the events that occurred in the United States of America, on September 11th, 2001.

In addition to this traveling memorial being in the Pioneer Days parade, it will also be on display after the parade. Visit for additional information on this traveling display, as well as the Goodtimers Foundation, which was born out of the September 11th,2011 terrorist attack on our country.

Pioneer Days will also be remembering the 15th anniversary of 9/11 with every roadway entrance into Kalida having an American flag hoisted high into the sky, as a special remembrance to those who lost their lives on 9/11, as well as those who have lost their lives since, defending our freedoms.

Pioneer Days, In Kalida, is Ohio’s Oldest festival, and is held “Always the Weekend After Labor Day”. It is jointly sponsored by the Kalida Firefighters and the Kalida Lions. A complete schedule of events can be found on at or visit the Pioneer Days face book page.





The theme for the 2016 Pioneer Days parade to be held in Kalida on Sunday, Sept. 11th, 2016 has been announced. This year will be the 15th anniversary of 9/11, and therefore the theme that has been chosen for the parade is “ Remember, Honor, Respect the day America Changed, 9/11”. Entries into this year’s parade are encouraged to depict this theme, as we remember those who lost their lives on 9/11 and those who have defended our freedoms since that fateful day.

The theme was chosen from entries submitted by Kalida Elementary students. Jack Stechschulte, son of Craig and Teresa Stechschulte was the lucky winner of the theme contest this year. For his efforts, Jack will receive a four-day pass to ride all the rides at this year’s festival. Pioneer Days, Ohio’s oldest festival, is held on the square and throughout the streets of Kalida, ”Always the weekend after Labor Day”. Visit for details on this year’s festival.





Jack Stechschulte, the winner of the 2016 Pioneer Days parade theme contest is shown with this year’s Pioneer Committeemen at Pioneer Park in Kalida.

Left to Right: Mike Webken, Pat Trentman, Jack, Dean Schnipke and Gary Langhals