Following a somber ceremony at the Arizona State Capitol on Wednesday, family, friends and political leaders remembered Senator John McCain at his Arizona memorial service on Thursday. McCain died at the age of 81 last weekend after a battle with glioblastoma, an aggressive form of brain cancer that was diagnosed last year.
In typical “maverick” fashion, the funeral recessional began as “My Way” by Frank Sinatra played throughout the church. McCain’s casket is carried by members of the national guard, leading the way of the McCain family out of the church.
Perhaps in a final jab at his frequent political foe Donald Trump, who was not included in this week’s series of ceremonies, “My Way” was the same song played during the first official dance at Mr. Trump’s presidential inauguration ball.
Twitter had some thoughts:
McCain casket carried out to Sinatra‘s “My Way”
“Regrets I’ve had a few but then again too few to mention, I did what I had to do and saw it through without exemption. I planned each charted course each careful step along the byway. And more much more than this I did it my way.”
— Meridith McGraw (@meridithmcgraw) August 30, 2018
Recessional hymn right now at McCain's service in Phoenix is "My Way" by Frank Sinatra which is so perfect and appropriate.
— Michael Del Moro (@MikeDelMoro) August 30, 2018
McCain's casket carried out to Frank Sinatra's "My Way," which Trump danced to with Melania at his inaugural ball.
— Eddie Scarry (@eScarry) August 30, 2018
And the recessional as @SenJohnMcCain's casket leaves the church in Phoenix — Frank Sinatra's "My Way." There's literally nothing more appropriate.
— Doug Mataconis (@dmataconis) August 30, 2018
Sinatra’s “My Way” playing as McCain’s family follows his casket out of the church and yeah I’m done now. A beautiful service, regardless of how one may feel about McCain’s legacy.
— Kathleen Smith (@KikkiPlanet) August 30, 2018
John McCain's service in Phoenix ends with Frank Sinatra's "My Way" pic.twitter.com/9khmAWLuFU
— Meg Wagner (@megwagner) August 30, 2018