FREEDOM TOUR: Artist Paints Polk County Rock

An Iowa artist is touring the state honoring members of the military and the sacrifice they made for our country’s freedom.

Ray Sorensen started painting the original freedom rock in Adair County fifteen years ago. Now, he plans to put one in all of Iowa’s 99 counties. ┬áSorensen says, “Senator Grassley, when he goes campaigning, they call it the full Grassley because he visits all 99 counties, and I thought that was a cool idea, and I thought: how can I translate that into my artwork.”

Sorensen will finish the Polk County rock this weekend. It’s in front of the American Legion Hall in Bondurant. Service members from all wars are featured on the front. The back will include Sorensen’s interpretation of the flag.

The non-profit organization Iowa Remembers paid $5,000 for the painted rock. The group partnered with the American Legion in hopes of bringing people to the community to honor fallen heroes. Iowa Remembers Communications Director Sarah Espinoza says, “It’s an important reminder to people of what our service members have given up as far as veterans are concerned and service members who have given the ultimate sacrifice.”

You’re invited to the public dedication Friday, June 14 at 3 p.m. in front of the American Legion Hall in Bondurant. This is the fifth rock on the Freedom Tour. The next will be in the Shelby County town of Early.