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The Freedom Rock, Menlo

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  • The work that goes into painting this rock is incredible. The detail is great, and the message is good. Stunning.  more »
  • What an incredible talent and contribution to our wonderful Iowa soldiers who give service to our fine country in such a brave yet humble manner! LOOK FOR THE SIGNS ALONG 1-80 FOR THE FREEDOM ROCK. IT...  more »
  • 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 »
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  • The work that goes into painting this rock is incredible. The detail is great, and the message is good. Stunning.
  • Happy Veterans Day! This is "OUR" day and it is snowing. The Flag is out for another display! Yesterday's after church Sunday drive took us west and to the Freedom Rock. We snapped some photos then headed back and stopped a a country inn right off of I-80 and the food and service was awesome. Oreo chocolate pancakes? LOL None the less the meaning of the Rock still prevails. The photos taken are mine, however all the artwork, idea and everything else belongs to the owners and Sorensen Studios. Thanks for reading.
  • 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).
  • 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.
  • 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.

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