Albert Lea Riders Chapter 56 are spearheading the project to bring the "Freedom Rock" to Freeborn County. The rock is permanently located at the north side of Freeborn County Courthouse next to the veteran memorial. This project will bring pride to our community and a tribute to our Freeborn County veterans in honor of their service to our country.
Ray “Bubba” Sorensen is the artist who will be doing the artwork. He has painted Freedom Rocks in all counties of Iowa, along with a few in Minnesota and Wisconsin. To view some of his work, go to www.thefreedomrock.com
The Legion website will be updated as the project evolves. We like to thank the following business/people who have donated product, services, and time for the transportation and placement of the rock: Ulland Brothers, Wangen Excavation, Peterson Excavation, Deans Towing, Meyerhoffer Crane & Rigging Service, D & K Demo and Excavation, Scott Millhouse, and Brad Herfindahl. The Rock was donated by Roberta Ernston. We also want to thank the Country Inn and Suites for donating Bubba's hotel stay while he is in Albert Lea painting the rock.
The donation process has begun and your financial support would be greatly appreciated. Our goal is to raise $45-50,000 to complete the design and painting, landscaping, and shelter for the rock. Please consider giving towards the Freedom Rock of Freeborn County. Thank you.
Fundraising and painting of the rock
Complete the landscaping, cement work, shelter, and QR Code in 2024
As of Sept 24, 2023, Ray Sorensen completed the painting of the rock. We will continue to fundraise, prepare the QR Code information for public display, and complete the project. A dedication will occur once the project is completed.
On Sept 13th, 2023, Doug's Painting & Sandblasting service began the initial process of preparing the rock for the paint.
On Jan 9, 2023 The VFW Post 447 donated towards the Freedom Rock. From left to right is Robert Sharp - Post Commander, Lynn Koza - Legion Rider, and Greg Sundholm - Post Adjutant
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