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


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.”


Gabrielle Giffords listens as her husband, Mark Kelly speaks at his retirement ceremony. (David Lienemann/The White House)