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Artist to create painted 'freedom rock' in Cedar Falls

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CEDAR FALLS (AP) -

A Greenfield artist known for painting patriotic scenes on large boulders has agreed to create another freedom rock in Cedar Falls.

Ray "Bubba" Sorensen II has completed 20 such rocks and hopes to paint freedom rocks in all of Iowa's 99 counties, the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reported. He said he has accepted a proposal from the Cedar Falls American Legion Post 237 to paint one in Black Hawk County.

"There's a lot of rich veteran history in the county," Sorensen said. "I'm excited to explore the options of what they will want to portray."

Sid Morris and Tom Hagarty, both veterans and members of the organization, said they will try to raise about $5,000 to cover the artist's expenses. They said a committee will be formed to propose themes or ideas for the rock's design to Sorensen.

"Bubba Sorensen is quite good, and it's been very popular," Morris said. "A large number of counties have applied to be recipients of the rock. I admire his work."

Morris said the rocks offer an opportunity for veterans to be recognized in each Iowa county.

While the rock's location hasn't been finalized, Hagarty said the Cedar Falls application called for the boulder to be placed in Veterans Park on Waterloo Road. That location still requires approval from city officials, he said.

Morris and Hagarty said work on the rock could start next year, depending on what city officials decide. The Parks and Recreation Commission are set to discuss the Freedom Rock on Thursday.

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