Giffords completes skydive on shooting anniversary

TUCSON, Ariz. — 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.

"Gabby landed beautifully. Happy she's safe. So proud of her bravery," Giffords' husband, former astronaut Mark Kelly, wrote on his Twitter account after the tandem jump with his wife strapped to a professional skydiver.

Giffords' jump will be broadcast today on NBC's Today show.

Former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, right, heads for a landing in a tandem jump with a pro skydiver Wednesday in Tucson, Ariz.

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Former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, right, heads for a landing in a tandem jump with a pro skydiver Wednesday in Tucson, Ariz.

Giffords completes skydive on shooting anniversary 01/08/14 [Last modified: Wednesday, January 8, 2014 11:32pm]

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