Menlo, Iowa: Freedom RockContinually repainted by Ray "Bubba" Sorenson II, the 12-ft. tall boulder is covered with patriotic images: Washington crossing the Delaware, MIA logo, plane launching from an aircraft carrier, 9/11 rubble. In 2013 Bubba announced he would paint Freedom Rocks in each of Iowa's 99 counties.
Visitor Tips and News About Freedom Rock
If you visit over Memorial Day weekend or the few weeks prior you can see the artist in action.[Missy, 05/23/2015]
Stopped by Freedom Rock after reading about it via Roadside America and was fortunate enough to catch the artist (and his dog) hard at work updating the paintings. Nice guy, who was personally thanked by this vet for his dedication.[Rick Ornberg, 06/14/2012]
Rock that is painted every year to support our vets. Each year it's changed and has ashes of vets mixed into the paint. 33 miles west of Des Moines 1 mile south of 80 on Hwy 25.[Randy & Penny, 04/24/2012]
We enjoy visiting the rock every year to see what Bubba has created. Every side has a different design. They have added lights, a bench, flag pole and information board.[Candy Brown, 06/23/2006]
A huge granite boulder, a magnet for graffiti for many years, was first painted with a patriotic theme in 1999 by a local artist - Ray "Bubba" Sorensen. Each year since, for Memorial Day, he paints another patriotic scene over the entire rock. The Rock has been visited by tourists and veterans on a regular basis.
Despite the use of the Rock as a graffiti pad in the past, Ray's scenes have been unsullied (with a single exception in 2001). It is rumored that the vandal then repeatedly beat a Viet Nam vet's fist with his nose, discouraging further such experiments.
On Memorial Day 29 May, 2006, a new scene was unveiled.[Mark Desman, 06/14/2006]