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Event Photography: Giffords Goes to Rehab

Today was a big day for Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.

She’s made remarkable progress since suffering a gunshot wound to the head during a January 8 assassination attempt. Recent reports have noted that Giffords is able to stand with assistance and use an iPad.

This morning, she was discharged from University Medical Center. Giffords was then flown to Houston for rehabilitation. Hundreds of people lined the streets of Tucson to bid her farewell.

Giffords’ escort to Davis Monthan Air Force Base included a Tucson Police Department motorcycle detail…

Event photography - Tucson Police Department motorcycle officer prepares to escort Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords to Davis Monthan Air Force Base

And here comes Gabby…

Event photography - Ambulance carrying Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords to Davis Monthan Air Force Base

The Veterans of Foreign Wars’ VFW Riders followed behind Giffords’ critical care ambulance…

Event photography - VFW Riders escort ambulance carrying Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords during her ride to Davis Monthan Air Force Base

After Giffords’ motorcade passed by, I headed over to the shrine that’s been growing outside of University Medical Center (UMC)…

Event photography - Shrine outside of University Medical Center, Tucson, Arizona

Event photography - Shrine outside of University Medical Center, Tucson, Arizona

Event photography - Shrine outside of University Medical Center, Tucson, Arizona

Now that Giffords has left Tucson, I expect that the UMC media encampment will depart to cover other news stories…

Event photography - Media encampment outside University Medical Center, Tucson, Arizona

There’s quite a spirited discussion about what should be done with the UMC shrine. I say that the space should be turned into a community park devoted to peace, healing, and respectful dialogue. Because that’s what’s happening there now.

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