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Former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords made a return to the political stage last night, leading the pledge of allegiance at the Democratic National Convention.

Giffords, who left Congress in January to focus on her recovery from a shooting that left her grievously wounded, was greeted with thunderous applause.

She walked out with good friend and DNC chairwoman Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) by her side. Watch Gabby lead the pledge below ...

Her appearance brought the Time Warner Cable Arena to their feet in an ovation that lasted more than a minute and spurred chants of "Gabby, Gabby!"

Many in the audience were visibly moved, for good reason.

Giffords delivered the pledge in a clear strong voice, her left hand holding up her right - the side left weakened by a bullet to her brain - to her heart.

She left the stage blowing kisses to the crowd, prompting another rousing ovation. President Obama's acceptance speech followed shortly thereafter.

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Following an inspiring return to Congress in August - one that took place just months after she was shot in the head during a campaign event in Arizona - Rep. Gabrielle Giffords announced today that she is resigning from her position.

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"A lot has happened over the past year. We cannot change that," Giffords said in a video on her website. "I don't remember much from that horrible day, but I will never forget the trust you placed in me to be your voice."

"Thank you for your prayers and for giving me time to recover. I have more work to do on my recovery. So to do what is best for Arizona, I will step down this week."

Giffords is expected to attend the State of the Union Address Tuesday and then submit a letter of resignation to House Speaker John Boehner and Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer.

The state will hold a special election to fill the Democrat's seat later this year.

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In a new interview, U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords documents her story of untold strength and resilience after surviving an assassination attempt back in January.

Giffords was shot in the head at an event in her native Arizona and nearly died.

In addition to her recovery, Giffords and her husband, astronaut Mark Kelly, opened up about her new book Gabby: A Story of Hope and Courage, to ABC.

If you don’t mind getting teary-eyed at your desk at work, watch the preview below, which features footage of Giffords’ inspirational and painful road back.

Watch these clips of the Congresswoman, her spouse and Diane Sawyer:

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It's the one thing on which voters and politicians from both sides of the aisle can agree: few events this year were more moving than the return of Gabrielle Giffords to Congress last week.

Now, the owners of the Arizona grocery store in front of which Giffords and voters gathered prior to the tragic shooting that left multiple people dead and the Congresswoman hospitalized say they plan on honoring the victims with a monument.

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Sources tell TMZ the folks behind the Safeway in Casas Adobes hope to plant a trio of flagpoles at the spot of the January 8 shooting: one displaying the U.S. flag, one adorned with the congressional seal and the third being the state flag of Arizona.

There will also likely be a plaque hung in testament to the spirit Giffords has shown in returning to work.

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Amidst a contentious debate over the debt ceiling, with America losing more and more faith in both political parties, Gabrielle Giffords gave us a reason to be hopeful this evening:

Just six months after being shot in the head, the Arizona Congresswoman made a surprise return to Congress and received a standing ovation prior to voting in favor of the resolution. It passed by a count of 269-161.

The debt bill is virtually guaranteed to be passed in the Senate tomorrow, as the government waited until the last possible moment to avoid a crippling default.

The measure aims to not raise any taxes, while cutting federal spending by at least $2.1 trillion over the next 10 years. It has critics on both sides, although John Boehner is not among them: "The legislation will solve this debt crisis and help get the American people back to work," the House Speaker said at a press conference.

Nancy Pelosi was less enthusiastic: "I'm not happy with it, but I'm proud of some of the accomplishments in it. That's why I'm voting for it."

All involved, however, welcomed Giffords with open, warm arms.

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Gabrielle Giffords has taken a major step on her path to a full recovery.

The Arizona Congresswoman, who was shot in the head by a crazed gunman in January, was released from a hospital in Houston yesterday. She will soon begin outpatient care.

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"We are very excited that she has reached the next phase of her rehabilitation," said Dr. Gerard Francisco, the hospital's chief medical officer, who will continue to supervise Giffords.

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The first photos of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, taken about five months after she was tragically shot in the head, have emerged on Facebook.

The images depict a a woman in recovery, smiling and with short, dark hair. They were taken by a professional photographer on May 17 at TIRR Memorial Hermann Hospital, a day before Giffords under a cranioplasty.

Gabrielle Giffords Facebook Photo

The picture above was not altered or edited, according to her staff, who said it shows "Gabby has traveled a remarkable distance since Jan. 8."

“This was Mark and Gabby’s decision,” said spokesman CJ Karamargin of the pictures' release. “There is intense interest in the Congresswoman’s appearance and on the threshold of her going to outpatient treatment, we thought this was a good way to satisfy public curiosity.”

Giffords is expected to leave the hospital this month.

The man accused of opening fire on her and her constituents in Arizona has been deemed mentally incompetent.