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The Freedom Rock, Menlo

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  • September 28, 2017
    This is a Big Rock that is painted every year just before Memorial Day in May by a Local artist. You will see and feel the Heart Felt Love and Respect to our Veterans here at this rock. It is just Sou...  more »
  • June 20, 2017
    Only takes a few minutes but well worth the stop. Be sure and look in the shed and see photos of all the previous years. Must stop if your anywhere in the area.  more »
  • April 26, 2017
    Freedom rock is a must see attraction. Just a few miles off interstate I-35. Hard to really put into words what happens when you visit here. It's a feeling of pride and honor for everyone who has ever...  more »
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  • July 4, 2017
    Just love this place, creator/painter Ray "Buba" Swanson does an excellent job, he makes sure it's done by memorial day every year. His website explains the story of the paintings on the rock. Words cannot do justice for all the work he does every year. I just love it. If you go close to memorial day chances are you will find him there painting it. He is also painting a rock for every country in Iowa (99 I believe).
  • June 4, 2017
    I love it every year. It's to celebrate our veterans who fought on the ground. Got no sleep, didn't eat right, wore down their bodies, all for us. For the freedom that we are allotted. Why wouldn't I go commemorate that.
  • June 4, 2017
    This was the smallest place with the most amazing painted rock I've ever seen! He paints it differently every year around Memorial Day. Can't wait to stop again.
  • June 1, 2017
    Incredibly beautiful. The talent is just outstanding. Great tribute to the vets.
  • June 13, 2017
    Amazing!! Each year this rock is painted with amazing images showing the utmost respect! We make it an annual event to drive from Omaha & travel on to Dexter IA to Drew's chocolates & have dinner @ the Rusty Duck.

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