Former congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords appeared at tonight's Democratic National Convention and said the Pledge of Allegiance to an emotional crowd.
With the help of her friend, U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Giffords walked across the stage to a standing ovation and prolonged cheers.
Wearing a white jacket with black pants and a black shirt, she said the pledge in a loud, clear voice, as she did in Tucson on the first anniversary of the Jan. 8, 2011 shooting.
Many in the crowd, some of them moved to tears, were shouting "Gabby, Gabby" as Giffords moved across the stage and waved at the audience.
The 42-year-old Tucson resident still has limited movement on her right side, and walked with a limp. But she looked healthy and happy and seemed to be taking it all in as she stopped before leaving the stage, beaming at the crowd.
Giffords was shot through the left side of her brain in an assassination attempt in Tucson on Jan. 8, 2011. The injury has affected the right side of her body, as well as her speech and language.
She resigned her position representing Arizona's eighth congressional district in January to focus on her recovery.