Freedom Rock

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Recently someone sent me a series of photographs of a rock in rural Iowa that a local young man Ray ”Bubba” Sorenson has been painting since 1999. The rock, a 56-ton granite boulder, had been scrawled with graffiti for years until Bubba painted his first patriotic Memorial Day mural. Now the murals remain on the rock undisturbed until the next Memorial Day when he paints a new patriotic theme.

He started painting the Rock after viewing Private Ryan and felling that patriotism was at an all time low. He thought about the rock and how many people would see and be influenced by his message.

For me this homegrown mural raises so many thoughts and questions about the nature of patriotism and the nature of memory and tribute I thought I would put up a few of the photos of Sorenson’s murals and link to the site, Freedom Rock, where you can view all the murals since 1999, read about Bubba, and get directions to the site.

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