Giffords serves Thanksgiving meal to D-M airmen
U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords helped serve Thanksgiving dinner to airmen and military veterans and their families at Tucson's Davis-Monthan Air Force Base on Thursday, her office said.
The midday meal was Giffords' first constituent event since being shot Jan. 8 at a "Congress On Your Corner" meet-and-greet.
"Base officials originally asked a member of the congresswoman’s staff to take part in the annual Thanksgiving dinner. But when the staff member told Giffords about the event, Giffords decided she wanted to go herself," said her spokesman in a press release.
"More than 400 people were expected to attend the Thanksgiving meal," Mark Kimble said.
"The meal featured turkey and all of the traditional Thanksgiving fixings as well as prime rib, baked ham, shrimp, assorted cheeses and desserts."
Wearing a University of Arizona ball caps and an Air Force Services apron with "Congresswoman Giffords" and "Gabby" embroidered on it, Giffords served up turkey, while her husband stood to her left, dishing up ham.
Reporters were not invited to cover the meal because of space limitations at D-M's Desert Inn dining facility, Kimble said.
Giffords, who has been undergoing rehabilitation in Houston, traveled to Tucson with her husband, Mark Kelly, on Tuesday to spend the holiday with her family.
This is the third time Giffords has returned to her hometown since she traveled to Houston for treatment after being shot in January. She also returned for the Father's Day and Labor Day weekends.
"Over the past 10 months, the congresswoman frequently has expressed her desire to return home and said how much she misses Tucson," Kimble said Tuesday. "She talks regularly with friends and visitors from Tucson and maintains a keen interest in events in her hometown."
Giffords' office did not say how long she will stay in Tucson during her trip home.