Gabrielle Giffords, Daniel Hernandez, Share Embrace In Tucson, Arizona (PHOTO)

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) brought a symbolic finish Monday to the political meet-and-greet that was violently interrupted over a year ago, when a gunman opened fire on the congresswoman, her staff, and constituents outside a Safeway in Tucson, Ariz.

One of the attendees was Daniel Hernandez, the intern who was credited with saving Giffords' life after rushing to her aid moments after she was shot in the head at close range.

In the picture below, the two share an emotional moment. For more pictures of the event, check out Giffords' new Twitter page.

Giffords announced on Sunday that she would be stepping down from Congress to focus on making a full recovery. She is expected to leave office by the end of the week, setting the stage for a primary election to replace her in the period before the 2012 election.

Giffords and her husband, Mark Kelly, are both expected to attend President Barack Obama's State of the Union Address on Tuesday.