SOUTH SIOUX CITY, Neb. (KCAU) – On Thursday, Nebraska’s very first freedom rock was unveiled at Siouxland Freedom Park.
Freedom rocks are painted boulders showcasing murals, honoring fallen service members, veterans, and active military members. The rock on display at the memorial, along with all other freedom rocks, were painted by artist and Iowa Legislator Ray “Bubba” Sorensen II.
A Siouxland Freedom Park board member explains how the boulder got to South Sioux City.
“We were going through the state of Iowa and we scheduled all the trip around several of the freedom rocks, parks, things like that. I was posting pictures as we went through our trip, and the next thing is someone had responded and said hey, this would be a really cool idea to bring to the park. I sat down and I fired off an email to the Sorensen’s. I got a response back probably within the hour, and they said, ‘Yes we are expanding to other states,’” said Marty Hogan.
Hogan explains the mural’s significance to the memorial.
“The rock represents the growth of aviation of our area, it also represents the killed in action from our area. The, each side we took a lot of thought and effort and research to pick the images that we did pick,” Hogan said.
The new addition in Dakota County weighs 21 tons and stands approximately six feet tall.
There are currently 99 freedom rocks in all of Iowa’s 99 counties, with a total of 111 freedom rocks in 12 states.