Linn County Freedom Rock Location Confirmed
Every one of Iowa's 99 counties has now reserved their own Freedom Rock and the number of rocks still to be painted continues to dwindle. The counties in red below have a rock completed by the incredible artist, Ray "Bubba" Sorensen II. The counties in blue, including Linn, are on the list to get their rock painted.
The Linn County Freedom Rock will be at the Linn County Fairgrounds in Central City. The fair's Marketing Manager Heidi Steffen says the decision was an easy one:
With several veterans on the fair association, we are honored to have the opportunity to permanently host the Freedom Rock. The last several years the association has dedicated Sunday of the fair in honor of current and former military personnel for ‘Military Day’ at the fair. Now we will have something on the fairgrounds that we can honor military personnel not just one day a year, but every day of the year.
I'm proud to be the person that got things started for a Linn County Freedom Rock. I can't wait to see it come to fruition and pay tribute to the incredible local men and women who have served our country through the years.
I teamed with John Mikelson of Midwest Military Outreach to form the Linn County Freedom Rock Foundation. You can make a tax-deductible donation to the Freedom Rock that will be in Central City at local Dupaco Community Credit Union locations. Current plans are for the rock to be painted in 2020.
20 years ago prior to Memorial Day, Sorensen painted a massive rock about 15 miles off Interstate 80 near Adair, Iowa. Soon after, the idea of a rock in every Iowa county was born. The original Freedom Rock has now been repainted, with a new theme, 20 times in advance of Memorial Day. This is the current artwork on the rock:
This year, Sorensen also painted a rock for the Iowa Veterans Cemetery in Van Meter:
Below are some of the Freedom Rocks he's completed recently and where each is located. If you've got a little time, go see one. You'll be amazed by the artistry and moved by what they represent.