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Giffords Serves Thanksgiving To Service Members And Retirees

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11/24/2011 05:21 PM ET

Giffords Serves Thanksgiving - Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., waves to airmen while serving a Thanksgiving meal at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base. The congresswoman helped serve a meal to service members and retirees. She arrived in the dining hall at midday wearing a ball cap and an apron with her nickname of “Gabby” sewn on the front.

Giffords was accompanied by her retired astronaut husband, Mark Kelly, who also donned an apron.

She used only her left hand as she served, a sign that physical damage remains from the injuries she suffered when she was shot in January.

Kelly supported her from her left side as she worked the turkey station on the serving line. He served ham.

Afterward, she mingled with service members, exchanging pleasantries and mostly one word greetings and responses.

She did tell Airman 1st Class Millie Gray, of Kansas City, Mo., “Happy Thanksgiving, thank you for your service.”

Gray said she had intended to only grab a plate and head back to her dorm to eat, until she heard that Giffords was going to be there.

“She’s such an inspiration and her story is so inspirational, it really made me proud. I felt very proud and very humble,” Gray said. “It just feels really good to see that she is out here supporting the troops, and just continuing to be an inspiration and a strong role model for Americans in general.

“She was very warm, asked how our meal was, which, of course, was amazing. The food is awesome,” Gray said. “She and her husband were very, just delightful and asked a lot of questions. It was just very warm-hearted, and I told her she was an inspiration and she was very thankful for that.”

Giffords and Kelly left after less than an hour.

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