“You Can’t Have a Rainbow Without a Little Rain” Burge Cemetery Board of Directors Meeting Following Destructive Tornado

As the popular saying goes, you can’t have a rainbow without a little rain. Southeast Iowa experienced more than just a little rain last Tuesday, when a tornado ripped through Burge Cemetery in New London on April 16th. Leaving nothing but destruction it it’s path. hundreds of headstones were damaged, nearly every tree was shed, and the historic shed, built all the way back in 1921, was completely destroyed.
Jesse Howard, president of Burge Cemetery, has released a statement regarding an upcoming meeting where details and updates will be shared. Below is a copy of the statement, with meeting details provided.
“The Burge Cemetery Board of Directors will be holding a special meeting on Monday, April 29th at 5 pm. The meeting will take place at Elliott Chapel in New London.
We will share details and updates regarding the significant progress we have made in the cleanup process following the devastating tornado that struck our cemetery. We will also provide an update on the plan moving forward.
Additionally, we will discuss the allocation of funds raised through our dedicated fundraising efforts. In 3 days we’ve raised almost half of our goal!!! THANK YOU all for your amazing support!
The funds we raise will be utilized to support the restoration process and ensure that our beloved cemetery regains its former glory.
Your presence and participation in this meeting are highly encouraged as we value your assistance and involvement in this challenging restoration process. Let’s come together as a community to restore and preserve the rich history and beauty of Burge Cemetery.
We look forward to seeing you all at Elliott’s Chapel on Monday, April 29th at 5 pm.”
Jesse Howard
President, Burge Cemetery
While the storm did significant damage in multiple areas of Southeast Iowa, brighter days are ahead thanks to our wonderful community. Remember, you can’t have rainbow without a little rain.