JAY – While the Navy continues its search for the “El Faro” cargo ship. Services for the 33 crew members are being held around the country.
In Jay a celebration of life for Michael Holland is scheduled for tomorrow afternoon at the community center at 4:30. The 25-year-old grew up in Jay and recently moved to Wilton.
He was the football star, the prom king and the one his mother says wouldn’t want any of this attention.
“He’s probably thinking okay don’t put me up on this pedestal too high, make me real.” Deb Roberts, Mike Holland’s Mother
But Deb Roberts says it’s hard not to. “He was a very sensitive person and I think probably he didn’t even realize the impact that he had on people.”
This home is now filled with only memories. His coast guard uniform hat, football jacket, a scrapbook she made for him.
“It’s just its a great exercise to go through and just to share with them and have them have it as a memento but of course now it’s going to be one for us.” Deb Roberts, Mike Holland’s Mother
The road to healing for this family has just begun – and this community is right by their side.
“People were coming out just to give me a hug and just saying welcome home and thank you for keeping us in the loop” Deb Roberts, Mike Holland’s Mother
You can’t go too far in this area without seeing signs reading Holland Strong or yellow ribbons on mailboxes, but the support is starting to show in other ways too.
“Ordered them and I was only able to order 300 at first in order to get them in a couple days so those are just about gone. and I have another 400 coming on Wednesday.” Wendy Collins, Resident
“Whatever I sell in the store I’m going to match the funds for the Holland family from my family and from my store.” Shelly Gervais, Resident
These women understand the feeling of loss.
This week a celebration of life for Holland will offer an opportunity for closure. While they continue to hang on to hope.
…that one day he’ll find his way home.