Knoxville — By the end of this year (2014), Knoxville is expected to have a new Freedom Rock, painted by Bubba Sorensen.
Sorensen, of Greenfield, has become famous in Iowa for painting patriotic images on landmark rocks. The first was painted in 1999, in honor of his uncle, Ted. Ted served with the Navy Seabees during the Vietnam War and was treated poorly when he came home. That bothered Sorensen, and he was inspired to do something to show support to all veterans. This rock is repainted every May, in honor of Memorial Day.
In the years since, Sorensen has set a goal to paint a Freedom Rock in all 99 of Iowa's counties. Marion County's rock is scheduled for this year.
Local veterans' advocate Don Zoutte said he plans to seek permission from the Board of Supervisors at an upcoming meeting to place the rock. Zoutte said the rock has been purchased and a volunteer has stepped forward to transport the monument when it can be done.
Zoutte said the rock may arrive in March. Sorensen will paint it when he can once it arrives in Knoxville.
"It's still in progress," Zoutte said of the Freedom Rock.