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Manning in Carroll County, Iowa — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Manning Freedom Rock Veterans Memorial

Carroll County

— Ray “Bubba” Sorensen II  —

 
 
Manning Freedom Rock Veterans Memorial North Side image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Ruth VanSteenwyk, June 21, 2020
1. Manning Freedom Rock Veterans Memorial North Side
Inscription.  


North Side

Milwaukee
Railroad Trestle

Manning, Iowa
Carroll County
[Train on trestle with WWII Soldier]

East Side

It is Easy to Take Liberty for Granted when You have never had it Taken from You.
[Eagle with a Shield]

South Side

[Nurses, Fire Fighters, EMS, Police, and Farmers]

West Side

[All Branches of the Service]


 
Topics. This memorial is listed in this topic list: War, World II.
 
Location. 41° 54.367′ N, 95° 3.234′ W. Marker is in Manning, Iowa, in Carroll County. Memorial is on East Street. This memorial is located in the Manning Hausbarn Heritage Park. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 517 East Street, Manning IA 51455, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 15 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Veterans Memorial Wall Manning, Iowa (approx. 0.6 miles away); Manilla Freedom Rock Veterans Memorial (approx. 9.2 miles away); Eugene Kock Memorial Park (approx. 11.9
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miles away); Westside (approx. 11.9 miles away); Influence of Railroads and Elevation (approx. 11.9 miles away); Lest We Forget (approx. 12.3 miles away); World's War Soldiers (approx. 12.3 miles away); Audubon County Tourism (approx. 14.2 miles away).
 
Regarding Manning Freedom Rock Veterans Memorial. We suggested a railroad theme, as it was a common element for Carroll County. Bubba came up with the actual drawings. His research showed that Manning was one of two places in Iowa where guards were stationed at a railroad trestle, guarding against sabotage during WWII.

Another one of our suggestions included an eagle with a shield.  Two of Bubba's favorite things to paint are the American Flag and eagles.  So, he draped "Old Glory" across the top and side of the rock and incorporated the majestic eagle and shield.  Instead of a flat, gray shield, he added the colors of the flag and a quote in white to mirror the stars in the flag.

We also suggested a tribute to ALL those who contribute to our freedoms (nurses, fire fighters, EMS, police, and farmers) and to say thank you to the home front.  Bubba wanted to emphasize that there are many ways to serve others on the
Manning Freedom Rock Veterans Memorial East Side image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Ruth VanSteenwyk, June 21, 2020
2. Manning Freedom Rock Veterans Memorial East Side
home front, including the farmers who feed the word, shown at the bottom.

The final side of our rock pays tribute to all branches of the military with the soldier at the top and the shield at the bottom.  Bubba wanted to be sure to include soldiers from both sexes and multiple nationalities to represent all those who protect our country.  In this way, he included not only Manning, but the entire county, state, and nation so anyone coming to our rock would know they were included.
 
Also see . . .  Iowa Freedom Rock Tour. (Submitted on March 17, 2021, by Ruth VanSteenwyk of Aberdeen, South Dakota.)
 
Manning Freedom Rock Veterans Memorial South Side image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Ruth VanSteenwyk, June 21, 2020
3. Manning Freedom Rock Veterans Memorial South Side
Manning Freedom Rock Veterans Memorial West Side image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Ruth VanSteenwyk, June 21, 2020
4. Manning Freedom Rock Veterans Memorial West Side
Manning Freedom Rock Veterans Memorial image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Ruth VanSteenwyk, June 21, 2020
5. Manning Freedom Rock Veterans Memorial
Manning Freedom Rock Veterans Memorial Artist's Signature image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Ruth VanSteenwyk, June 21, 2020
6. Manning Freedom Rock Veterans Memorial Artist's Signature
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 18, 2021. It was originally submitted on March 16, 2021, by Ruth VanSteenwyk of Aberdeen, South Dakota. This page has been viewed 123 times since then and 15 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on March 16, 2021, by Ruth VanSteenwyk of Aberdeen, South Dakota.   2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on March 17, 2021, by Ruth VanSteenwyk of Aberdeen, South Dakota. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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