UPDATE: Graffiti removed from Freedom Rock - KWWL - Eastern Iowa Breaking News, Weather, Closings

UPDATE: Graffiti removed from Freedom Rock

Posted: Updated:
(KWWL) -

UPDATE: The Cedar Falls Parks Department employees removed the graffiti on the Freedom Rock early Tuesday morning. 

However, a touch up will be needed to the area where paint was removed. 

The artist Bubba Sorensen is making plans to stop in Cedar Falls to do the touch up hopefully sometime this week. 

Others who helped include: Cedar Falls Police, Fire, Parks, CF Utilities, AFSCME Local 356 Union, The Cedar Falls Department Union, veterans and citizens. 


Clean-up is starting on a vandalized Freedom Rock in Cedar Falls, dedicated to Iowa's veterans.

This symbol of remembrance was just installed in Cedar Falls and now is covered in graffiti after police say it was vandalized Saturday night. Nobody really understands why someone would do this, but the people of Cedar Falls are standing strong for those fallen heroes remembered today. 

It's a time dedicated to honor. 

"It was a slap to veterans," said Cedar Falls American Legion Commander Tom Hagarty.

How could vandalize a tribute to those past and present who've made the ultimate sacrifice?

 "It was disgusting, hard to understand," said Hagarty. "You want to take that person, who ever did it, if they ever come forward and maybe try to explain to them that this wasn't appropriate."

Black spray paint recklessly painted over the image of the Sullivan brothers and Cedar Falls Navy Veteran Taylor Morris who came back from Afghanistan severely wounded. 

But the community is still standing strong. Even on memorial day as they honor those who've served and sacrificed for our country.

"I think the community is in outrage," said Michael Morgan. "And we'll take care of it."

The parks department is in charge of repairing the damage, and there's hope because the rock is covered in a protective sealant.

"You just want to take a brush and just start scrubbing it, but we want to take baby steps on repairing it so we aren't ruining the artwork underneath it," said Hagarty. 

Even if the damage is physically repairable, the pain is something the community can't forget.

"Just hopefully someone who has done this will realize that they don't scar just a rock," said Morgan. "They scar many people."

Even leaving the youngest ones asking why. 

"It really didn't make any sense to me," said Xander Stover.  

Powered by Frankly