Dave Dobbels will speak at the Memorial Day service.

Sandy Hull

    Dave Dobbels will be the speaker for the annual Memorial Day program.

    The program will start at 10 a.m. Monday, May 26 at the Cambridge Community Hall. Pastor John Vidakovich will be master of ceremonies and give the invocation.

    A lifelong Cambridge resident, Dobbels is one of eight children of Alfred and Mary Helen Dobbels.

    He said he is the only one of the eight children not to have served in the military. His siblings were in the Army, Navy and National Guard, and a sister taught at an Air Force base in the Philippines.

    Dobbels said his remarks will focus on a great appreciation for those who have served and gave the great sacrifice as well as those who served and returned.

    Dobbels graduated from Cambridge High School in 1968 and earned a bachelor’s degree in education from Western Illinois University in 1972. Since graduation, he has taught at Black Hawk College, worked as an independent crop adjustor and farmed.

    He is secretary for Cambridge Rotary, Cambridge Township supervisor, a director of the Township Supervisors of Illinois, trustee for St. John Vianney Catholic Church and chairman of the Henry County Republican Committee. He is a former county board member.

    He and his wife Deb have four children and seven grandchildren.

    A Cambridge school band will perform “Battle Hymn of the Republic,” “This Is My Country and the national anthem.

    Cambridge American Legion Post #417 will provide the Color Guard.

    Legion Post Auxiliary #417 will hang wreaths at the courthouse following the program, assisted by Cambridge Girl Scouts.

    Christine Allen will direct the high school band. She and Alex Frew will play Taps.