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Donors and volunteers sought for Freedom Rock

September 14, 2013
By Michael Tidemann - Staff Writer , Estherville News

In a couple years, Armstrong will be getting a piece of the rock - the Freedom Rock, that is.

Lisa Hansen, president of the Armstrong VFW Auxiliary and district VFW president, said the Freedom Rock she's seeking is inspired by the 64-ton Freedom Rock in

Greenfield in Adair County painted by Ray "Bubba" Sorensen II. Every year, Sorensen repaints the rock with a different patriotic scene. His efforts have not gone unnoticed, garnering corporate sponsors such as Ford Motor Company which supplied him with a pickup to do similar Freedom Rocks throughout Iowa and Valspar Paint which provides the paint.

Sorensen's plans to do a Freedom Rock in every Iowa county have apparently taken root. Just five Iowa counties had a Freedom Rock when Hansen started checking into getting one for Emmet County, and now all but five western Iowa counties have committed to commissioning Sorensen to do rocks in their county.

Hansen said Sorensen does two projects a month, working from May through September. Dickinson County's project will cost $85,000, which is on the high side. Hansen said each county can determine the size of the rock and design. She and her husband have visited Freedom Rocks in Pocahontas, Rolfe and St. Ansgar.

Hansen said she would like to see God, country and community highlighted on the Freedom Rock in

Fact Box

Anyone who would like to donate can send contributions to: Freedom Rock, Bank Midwest, 500 Sixth St., Armstrong, IA 50514. Anyone who would like to serve on the committee may contact Lisa Hansen at or call her at (712) 260-2671.

Armstrong. Some volunteers have already offered to help, but she would like to see someone help with the design and fundraising and possibly help write grants for the project. Volunteers are sought countywide, not just from the Armstrong area.

Hansen has already sent in the $1,000 down payment which helped secure Armstrong as the Emmet County location. Hansen's committee would like to site the rock at the veterans' memorial which the VFW and Auxiliary built over the last year in Armstrong city park. The memorial includes a tribute to Medal of Honor recipient Robert Thorson.



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