Awful. Vandals Deface Iowa’s Freedom Rock on Memorial Day Weekend

Vandals spraypainted the Freedom Rock at the Cedar Falls Veterans Park in Iowa late Saturday night.
freedom rock

It almost looks like Arabic writing.


The WCF Courier reported:

The Freedom Rock, recently installed at the Cedar Falls Veterans Park on Waterloo Road was vandalized during Saturday evening.

Tom Hagarty, commander of the Cedar Falls American Legion No. 237, said the rock was spray painted. Other areas of the park were also damaged by spray paint, he said.

The vandalism is on the side of the rock with Taylor Morris’ drawing. A neighbor’s fence on nearby Bluff Street was also sprayed as was a utility box near the park.

The vandalism was discovered Sunday morning.

Police and park officials have been notified and the investigation continues. Hagarty said Sunday that the parks department will coordinate the cleanup. A Memorial Day ceremony at the park Sunday night was to go on as planned.

The rock includes images of the Five Sullivan Brothers killed in World War II, Medal of Honor winner Robert Hibbs of Cedar Falls, a U.S. Army second lieutenant killed in Vietnam in 1966, and Taylor Morris, a U.S. Navy explosive ordnance disposal expert who survived a bomb blast in Afghanistan despite losing portions of all four limbs. It also bears an image of veterans and people of various generations saluting the flag.

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