Inspired by the movie “Saving Private Ryan,” and struck by what he felt was a lack of patriotism surrounding Memorial Day, an Iowa man turned a 12-foot, 56-ton granite boulder into a mural saluting veterans.
That was in 1999, when Ray “Bubba” Sorensen II, was only 19 years old. Since that time, Sorensen has painted 14 different murals on the rock in rural Adair County, featuring scenes and verses celebrating freedom and our nation’s veterans, from the Revolutionary War to the modern day conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Now, Sorensen wants to reproduce images in each of Iowa’s 99 counties. He has already created rocks in Mitchell and Dallas counties, in addition to the original Freedom Rock® in Adair County.
Local VFW Commander Dave Lee is excited about the prospects and thinks the Humboldt County Courthouse grounds in Dakota City would be the perfect place to put such a memorial.
“That’s where people go and that’s where they would look for it,” Lee said.
Lee said he already has a line on a rock from a local quarry and has had discussions with city leaders from Dakota City, enlisting the city’s support.
“I’m going to be talking to the city of Humboldt, as well as the VFW and American Legion posts here,” Lee said.
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