City installs flag on McCain’s childhood home

August 31, 2018

New London — When city officials saw that the Ocean Avenue home where the late U.S. senator and decorated veteran John McCain spent several years of his childhood was without an American flag, they decided to act.

With the current owner’s permission, they donated their time to mount a flag on the home on Tuesday.

A Facebook post from the City of New London called it “a fitting tribute to an American hero who spent his formative years in the Whaling City and attended Harbor School.”

“In hindsight, it’s turned out to be a great thing to do, because it’s amazing how many people didn’t realize John McCain’s connection to the city,” Mayor Michael Passero told The Day.

Indeed, many commented on the Facebook post — which had been shared nearly 500 times, as of Thursday evening — that they had no idea of this history.

McCain attended Harbor School for kindergarten and first grade, when he was living in New London because his father was stationed at the Naval Submarine Base in Groton.

McCain died from cancer on Saturday at age 81.