Ray "Bubba" Sorenson Celebrates Veterans Through Art
The Deb and Jeff Hansen Foundation is both proudly patriotic and humbly grateful to members of our Armed Services and Military veterans. Through programs such as Project Food and Fellowship and the Pork Care Package Project, the Foundation works to fulfill its mission to recognize the bravery, courage and sacrifices service men and women make to protect our freedom.
The Freedom Rock artist Bubba "Ray" Sorensen also takes a unique approach to patriotism by painting intricate murals on boulders across Iowa.
“I believe we all need to be reminded our freedom is the most expensive thing we own, even if we didn’t pay for it ourselves,” says Sorensen. Bubba is wrapping up his Freedom Rock® Tour of painting boulders in all 99 counties across the state.
In addition to his 99-county tour, annually Sorensen repaints the original Freedom Rock® in Adair County. On Memorial Day this year, Sorensen unveiled the 22nd version of the rock, which includes a depiction of the USNS Comfort pulling into New York harbor and a military nurse with a face mask. Bubba explained the painting, “I wanted to thank all the nurses, doctors and essential workers that are putting in the tireless work necessary for our country.”
For the past six years, the Deb and Jeff Hansen Foundation has been proud to support the Freedom Rock® Tour by supplying Bubba with transportation for the tour. Earlier this year, Bubba traded in his truck of five years for a newer model complete with a patriotic vehicle wrap designed by the artist.
“I’m so grateful for the use of the truck and the wrap is a great addition to the Freedom Rock Tour,” said Sorensen. “When I’m driving from county to county the Freedom Rock message is getting out, I couldn’t be more appreciative of the Foundation for stepping up to help.”
Happy Independence Day from Iowa Select Farms and the Deb and Jeff Hansen Foundation.