The Freedom Rock (also known as the Patriotic Rock) is a 12-foot-tall (3.7 m) boulder located along Iowa Highway 25 in western Iowa approximately one mile (1.6 km) south of exit 86 on Interstate 80. The boulder weighs approximately 56 short tons (51 t; 50 long tons).
The rock is located on private property and was used for graffiti. Since 1999, however, it is repainted every year in time for Memorial Day with the purpose of thanking U.S. veterans and their families for their military service and sacrifice. The rock is painted by Ray "Bubba" Sorensen II. Sorensen is not commissioned or paid to paint The Freedom Rock, he uses his own money along with donations and sales of Freedom Rock merchandise to fund the project.
In Spring 2013 Sorensen will begin The Freedom Rock Tour by painting a Freedom Rock (patriotic themed rock) in every county in Iowa creating a unique state-wide veterans memorial for the state.
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- The Freedom Rock by Ray "Bubba" Sorensen II
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- The Freedom Rock Tour by Ray "Bubba" Sorensen II
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