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Giffords completes skydive on shooting anniversary

January 8, 2014 • National News


In this photo released by NBC, former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, right, comes in for a landing during a tandem skydive Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014, in Tucson, Ariz. Giffords, severely injured three years ago in a mass shooting, has made an impressive recovery, learned to walk again and founded a national political organization. On Wednesday, while others gathered for bell-ringing and flag-raising ceremonies, she marked the anniversary by skydiving for a report and interview to air exclusively on NBC’s Today Show on Thursday. (AP Photo/NBC) MANDATORY CREDIT

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Gabrielle Giffords marked the three-year anniversary of an attack that left her severely wounded and forced her to resign from Congress by skydiving Wednesday in a feat that highlights her ongoing recovery after having to learn how to walk and talk again.

Across the city, others gathered for bell-ringing and flag-raising ceremonies to remember the six killed and 13 injured, including Giffords, on Jan. 8, 2011, as the former Arizona congresswoman met with constituents outside a grocery store.

Giffords waved and blew kisses to a crowd at a skydiving site between Phoenix and Tucson after successfully landing without injury.

“Gabby landed beautifully. Happy she’s safe. So proud of her bravery,” Giffords’ husband, former astronaut Mark Kelly, wrote on his Login to read more

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