Wednesday, March 5 saw some warmer temperatures and no snow in the forecast so it was time to move a huge rock from Grant Strohbehns field to the Memorial Park where it will be painted and be represented as the Tama County Freedom Rock. It did not take long to push it to the highway, once Jack Frost let go of it, with Ron Bendas large excavator. Then it was loaded with the help of Dave and Terry Schmitz two back-hoes onto Benda's low-boy trailer. The rock appears to be solid granite and measures 12 ft long, 3 ft high and 7 1/2 ft deep. Anyone want to guess what it weighs? It was moved to the Memorial Park and unloaded now waiting for Mr. Ray "Bubba" Sorenson to come and make suggestions on placement. Mr. Sorenson is the artist behind "The Freedom Rock". Sorensen paints The Freedom Rock on his own with the tremendous support of family and friends. Sorensen is not commissioned to paint the rock but is able to do so each year with the generous help of donations.The Freedom Rock is a large (approx. 60+ ton) boulder located in rural Iowa that is repainted every year with a different Thank You for our nations Veterans to honor their service to our country. While painting murals across the country Sorensen had the idea of spreading the message of The Freedom Rock to other small communities across Iowa. The "Tama County Freedom Rock" project will not be completed for 3-4 years, but we want to thank Grant as finding a rock was the first challenge. And to Ron Benda and Schmitz Construction for their equipment and expertise it getting it to the park. Fund raising will include applying for grants and donations are most welcome to the Gladbrook Legion earmarked for the Freedom Rock.
Pictured on the left the mighty movers (l-r): Dave Schmitz, Darrell Paustian, Grant Strohbehn, Ron Benda, Terry Schmitz and Dick Denbow.