Posted at 04:34 PM ET, 10/06/2011

Gabrielle Giffords all smiles at husband’s retirement ceremony (Photo)

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords visited Washington Thursday looking healthy and well at a retirement ceremony for her husband, astronaut and Navy Capt. Mark Kelly.

It is the congresswoman’s second trip to the capital since she was shot in the head during an assassination attempt in Tucson in January. She met with Vice President Biden in the Old Executive Office Building on the White House complex where she pinned a retirement medal to her husband’s chest. Aides said Giffords did not plan to conduct any congressional business and would return to Houston shortly after the ceremony.
Mark Kelly hugs his wife after receiving the Legion of Merit from Vice President Biden. (David Lienemann/The White House)

The Arizona Daily Star said Giffords was all smiles, as she air-kissed guests and waved at her mother and mother-in-law at the ceremony. The Star reported, “She is still limping and wearing an arm brace — brain injuries such as hers affect motor skills — but she stood up without assistance for the Pledge of Allegiance.”

After the meeting, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said that Giffords “looked great. She sounded great. It was quite thrilling.”
Gabrielle Giffords listens as her husband, Mark Kelly speaks at his retirement ceremony. (David Lienemann/The White House)

Vice President Biden speaks at Mark Kelly's retirement ceremony. (David Lienemann/The White House)

Mark Kelly speaks at his retirement ceremony in the Secretary of War Suite in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building. (David Lienemann/The White House)

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.), Mark Kelly and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) at Thursday’s ceremony. (Photo from the office of Rep. Nancy Pelosi) (AP)

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