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Sunday, 8 January 2012

Gabrielle Giffords, BACK ON HER FEET, leads candlelight vigil for the first anniversary of Arizona shooting

What a smile!  Isn't this awe inspiring??
I was just mesmerized when I saw Gabby Giffords, on TV, walk to the podium to lead a candlelight vigil for those who were killed in the shooting spree of the last year.

"Rep. Giffords was shot in the head by a gunman in January and has progressed more than anyone could have imagined." 

The recovery of Representative Gabrielle Giffords after being shot in head is awe inspiring and nothing short of a miracle.  The story boggles the mind.  Here is another milestone in her recovery.  
Arizona Representative Giffords smiles after reciting the Pledge of Allegiance at a memorial service . It is hard to believe that she was shot in the head

A year after a deadly shooting spree that left Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords battling for her life, the accused gunman Jared Loughner remains shut up in a prison hospital amid wrangling over his fitness to stand trial.

The Telegraph – Thousands gathered for the memorial service in the University of Arizona to remember those killed when 23-year-old Jared Lee Loughner opened fire indiscriminately in a Safeway supermarket last year.
Six people were killed in the rampage and 13 people wounded, including Congresswoman Giffords. Among the people killed were nine-year-old Christina Green, Miss Giffords's aide Gabe Zimmerman, US District Judge John Roll, 76-year-old Dorothy Morris, 76-year-old Dorwan Stoddard, and 79-year-old Phyllis Schneck.
Her appearance drew a rousing applause from the thousands of people who were watching.

As Miss Giffords, 41, who is still recovering from her injuries, stepped up onto the podium to lead a recitation of the American pledge of Allegiance, she waved and smiled at the crowd. When she spoke, she added emphasis to the final few words, "with liberty and justice for all."

Nineteen candles were lit in tribute to all those affected by the attack

Children laid flowers and candles and around 30 others rang hand-held bells at 10.11am local time to mark the exact time of the shooting. Many bowed their heads in prayer.
"We remember, we remember, we remember with grateful hearts," those gathered chanted together, standing, many closing their eyes.
A day before the memorial, Miss Giffords visited the Safeway supermarket where she was shot in the head that fateful morning. She was pictured pointing at where she had parked the morning of the attack.
Jared Lee Loughner has pleaded not guilty to 49 charges and is being forcibly medicated for bipolar disorder at a mental facility in a Missouri prison in an effort to make him fit to stand trial.

1 comment:

  1. There is a debate here in Denmark: Is school-shootings and this kind of public "mall-shooting" the result of an anonymous society which does not see the single person as a valuable individual?

    The memorial described here is very beatiful and I send my thoughts to the victims of this meaningless shooting.

    I hope that future shootings will be prevented with care.