Thursday, January 12, 2012

Tragedy Leads to Hope: Mark Kelly Opens Up at the Anniversary of Giffords' Shooting

MONDAY, Jan. 9, 2012 — Yesterday marked one year since the tragic shooting of 19 people in Tucson, Ariz., that rocked the nation and nearly took the life of U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (six others did not survive). While Giffords clung to life after a bullet pierced the left side of her brain that day, the woman we have all come to know as “Gabby” has made remarkable strides in her recovery. Yesterday, she surprised and delighted those gathered in Tucson for a candlelight vigil commemorating the events of Jan. 8, 2011, as she proudly climbed an outdoor stage and led the pledge of allegiance.
After a year of rehab and therapy to learn how to talk and walk again, the congresswoman — still limping but holding her head up high — stood before her constituents, bringing a much-needed sense of healing to the remembrances of the tragic events on that day. She was back in her hometown with her beloved husband, Navy Captain and former astronaut Mark Kelly, by her side, as he has been since that fateful day.
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