Memorial Day is a US federal holiday wherein the men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces are remembered. THANK YOU to all who have served!
Ray “Bubba” Sorensen II is on a quest. To honor our veterans. This likable young man has a gift and a passion to honor every veteran who has served and who has made a difference. He watched the movie “Saving Private Ryan” and was inspired to do something that would be a unique way of acknowledging their service. His artistic talent enabled him to paint an 60 + ton boulder in rural Iowa with depictions patriotic and inspiring scenes named The Freedom Rock. This scene is repainted yearly (since 1999) with a different scene and is done solely without compensation. The artist is supported by family and friends. I have not been to the actual Freedom Rock so I can not post pictures of it here without infringing on someone else’s work but I can direct you to “Bubba’s” Facebook page where you can view the current rock. Click here to open this page in a new window.
What I can show you are the pictures that I was able to take when I happened upon the artist working on a small version of a Freedom Rock on his Freedom Rock Tour. I had just picked up my books for World Book Night 2014 at the Britt Public Library and we were driving home when I spied out of the corner of my little eye something that made me say “Chris—pull over!”. Which he did. I got out of the car with camera in hand and approached “Bubba” and had a short conversation with him about what he was doing. The Freedom Rock Tour was started by Sorenson and will continue for a few summers as his goal is to paint a small Freedom Rock version in each of the 99 counties in Iowa. The day I picked up my books was my lucky day because he was in the process of painting the Hancock County rock.
I have not been back to Britt to see the completed rock but definitely have that on my to do list. Bubba’s three goals for the tour as stated on his website:
1) Honor America’s Veterans
2) Promote Iowa tourism
3) Provide for my family
If you are interested in either having your Iowa county represented there is a downloadable application here that will help that process along. More details on the location of the massive Freedom Rock and locations of the other finished rocks that are included on The Freedom Rock Tour are also available on his website which can be accessed by simply clicking here.
I was so impressed by this young man and his talent and passion to honor American’s veterans and promote tourism for the state of Iowa. Now it’s your turn—if you are a in Iowa you need to check out these artistic renderings and let me know which is your favorite. Thank you to Ray “Bubba” Sorensen II for your gift to the state of Iowa.