CHARLOTTE, NC - Former Arizona congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, still recovering from being shot in the head, made a moving appearance at the Democratic National Convention on Thursday night to lead the pledge of allegiance.

The hall erupted into a standing ovation as Giffords walked across the stage - limping, but without a cane - accompanied by US Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the president of the Democratic Party and a close friend.

Giffords' voice was clear as she led the crowd in the short pledge, but her somewhat hesitant speech showed she is still affected by her injuries.

The crowd chanted "Gaby, Gaby," as she left the podium, smiling and waving. She stopped to blow a kiss and then went backstage.

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