Thursday, October 06, 2011

Giffords, Biden honor Kelly at retirement ceremony

Jaimee Rose of Gannett's Arizona Republic covered today's retirement ceremony for former NASA astronaut and Navy Capt. Mark Kelly:

WASHINGTON - She couldn't clap because her right hand is bandaged, and her walk is still unsteady. But when Rep. Gabrielle Giffords sat near the vice president and her mother in law at her husband's retirement ceremony Thursday, she smiled, blew kisses, waved to friends and a message was sure -- she's getting better.

"You look good Gabby, I tell you... I look forward to welcoming you back kiddo," Vice President Joe Biden said. "You've been an inspiration to thousands of people."

"It's not every day "you see the sheer, sheer courage, selflessness and dedication like you see in this couple," he said.

Family, luminaries and friends gathered with Giffords for the closing coda on her husband Mark Kelly's 25-year military career, which honored his service as an astronaut and a Navy Captain.

Biden administered the retirement oath at a building in the White House complex and invited Giffords to attach the Distinguished Flying Cross medal to Kelly's uniform.

Click here to read the rest of the report.

IMAGE: Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and her husband, Mark Kelly, share an embrace at Kelly's retirement ceremony in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 6, 2011. Credit: Associated Press

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