May 28, 2007

Iowa Destinations.

Artist Ray Sorensen has spent every Memorial Day since 1999 painting a patriotic mural on what was once known as graffiti rock just outside the town of Greenfield Iowa. Each year Ray paints over the last years painting and begins anew, taking up to three weeks to complete the finished work. This year he spared the helicopters from last years painting. While painting last year a group of Vietnam Vets, making a cross country pilgrimage to the Wall in Washington DC stopped to see the rock and asked if they could leave ashes from fallen comrades at the Rock. Ray did one better. He mixed some of the ashes into the green paint and hopes to leave the images of the helicopters on the rock as long as possible.

"Freedom Rock" is located 37 miles west of Des Moines and just two miles south of Interstate 80 on Highway 25.

To see all past murals go to Ray's web site here.

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