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Natalie Stone
October 18, 2016 10:39 AM

October 18 is a special day for Today host Kathie Lee Gifford.

On Tuesday’s morning show, Gifford got emotional remembering her late husband Frank Gifford — who died of natural causes at his Connecticut home in August 2015 — on what would have been the couple’s 30th wedding anniversary.

“Today would have been my 30th wedding anniversary with my husband. And I’m deeply grateful for all the years I had with this amazing man,” Gifford, 63, told viewers as she thanked Carole Bayer Sager for the “beautiful song” that was played in Frank’s honor.

As Gifford fought back tears, co-host Hoda Kotb embraced her colleague with a harm hug. “I love you,” Kotb, 52, told Gifford.

After delivering tissues to guest Andrew Rannells who also shed a few tears, Gifford said, “I had no intention of saying that, but you know sometimes, that’s what I love about working with you, Hoda woman. I can just be real — a real, real pain in the butt.”

In August, Gifford wrote a touching letter about her late husband and credited her faith to getting her through the past year.

“I’ve gotten through this past year the way I’ve gotten through every day of my life: faithfully trusting God to do what God does, which is to show up, redeem and restore,” Gifford wrote in the open letter. “If you thought about it as ‘How am I ever going to get through this year?’ — well, God doesn’t promise you a year. He promises you a day at a time.”

She previously told PEOPLE about the former New York Giants running back: “Frank was a beautiful man with a beautiful, generous heart. He lived fully and loved deeply, and he leaves an amazing legacy of lives touched and changed.”

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