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Posted at 8:30 PM ET, 01/12/2011

Giffords office: "Even during the darkest times, our nation's capacity for kindness and fellowship reminds us of the best in people"

By Felicia Sonmez

The office of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) released the following statement at the start ofWednesday evening's memorial service in Tucson:

"The outpouring of support from the people of Arizona and Americans across the country has been truly moving. We appreciate everyone's thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. The resolution before the House today was a further reflection of the best of America -- one after another, Members came to the floor, without party labels, in support of those impacted by this tragedy. They honored the fallen, those recovering, and the heroes who responded quickly to save lives."

"The efforts of the Congresswoman's colleagues have not stopped there -- starting with Speaker Boehner and Leader Pelosi, staff and Members from both sides of the aisle have reached out in words and deeds to help our office in our time of need. Even during the darkest times, our nation's capacity for kindness and fellowship reminds us of the best in people. To everyone who has expressed well wishes, we offer our most heartfelt thanks."

By Felicia Sonmez  | January 12, 2011; 8:30 PM ET
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