TUCSON, AZ – It’s hard to believe it’s been three years since the mass shooting in Tucson that nearly took Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords’ life.
Wednesday in Tucson bells rang, flags were raised and a memorial service was held to honor the six people killed and 13 others wounded on that scary day.
The shooter, Jared Lee Loughner, was sentenced seven consecutive life sentences plus 140 years, after pleading guilty to 19 federal charges in the shooting.
It’s certainly a day we’ll never forget, and yet a day Gabrielle Giffords has pledged to put behind her while she works to overcome challenges in her rehabilitation journey.
In a recent column Giffords wrote in the New York Times, the 43-year-old says she “continues to improve” despite struggling to speak, her not-so-great eyesight, and being paralyzed in her right arm and leg.
So in true Gabby Giffords form; she took the three year anniversary of a horrible day as an opportunity to live life to the fullest and sent another message of hope and inspiration.
She jumped out of a plane as a reminder that no matter how big the obstacle; if you put your mind to it, the sky’s the limit.