I decided to make a summer bucket list this year, which is something I’ve never done before. I decided there was only one thing I wanted to put on it, and I added it 45 times.
See this Iowa map? It’s a map of all of the Freedom Rocks in the state as of today.
The Freedom Rock started out as one rock in the small Adair county town of Menlo. In 1999, artist Ray “Bubba” Sorensen wanted to pay tribute to veterans, and so he decided to paint a large rock as a “thank you” to all veterans. Over the years, this one rock fueled the inspiration for Ray to paint a rock in all of Iowa’s 99 counties.
As of today, there are 45 Freedom Rocks in Iowa. With new ones being added each year, I decided to make the Freedom Rocks the sole item on my summer bucket list. Of the 99 counties, there are only a few that have not yet signed up to have their own Freedom Rock. The artist, Ray Sorensen, is booked through 2020!
I have made it my personal goal to visit all of the 45 existing Freedom Rocks before Labor Day (Monday, September 5th). If any new rocks are added, I will try to get those as well. But for now, I’m sticking with my list of 45.
Have you seen any of the Freedom Rocks in person? Which ones have you been to?