Video by Natasha Korecki
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz) won a standing ovation as she carefully walked across the stage at the Democratic National Convention on Thursday.
Then, standing at the center of the stage, with a video of a giant American Flag behind her, Giffords led the arena, packed with some 20,000, in reciting the pledge of allegiance.
Giffords offered a real symbol of "hope" after she survived being shot in the head by a gunman in 2010.
The crowd erupted into applause and cheers as she blew kisses on her way back off the stage.