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June 11, 2017 03:42 PM

Saturday was a historic day for Gabrielle Giffords — and Olivia Munn was there to show her support.

The model and actress stepped out in Galveston, Texas, Saturday to attend the commissioning of Navy ship USS Gabrielle Giffords, which was named for the former Arizona Congresswoman and victim of a 2011 Tucson, Arizona, shooting, which left her seriously wounded from a severe brain injury.

“Gabby is one of the funniest, nicest, most thoughtful people I know,” Munn, 36, captioned a photo of herself and Giffords, adding that she herself was serving on the host committee for the commissioning and pointing out that the ship is only the second ever to be named after a living woman.

“She continually inspires me with how she keeps breaking the standard. She not only reaches for the stars, but she touches them and brings down handfuls to share,” Munn continued of her friend. “I love you so much, Gabby! Enjoy this super special day!!! 🇺🇸⛴🌟💙❤️”

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Among the other photos Munn shared from the commissioning include one of herself sitting in the warship’s captain’s chair, surrounded by crew members, and a selfie with Captain Mark Kelly, Giffords’ husband and a retired Navy captain, engineer and NASA astronaut.

Others who appeared at the event to show their support for Giffords were 2016 presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton, former Vice President Joe Biden and his wife Jill Biden.

“Nothing gives me greater joy and honor than seeing this great ship named for someone whose strength and resilience is a great lesson to us all,” Clinton said in a speech, according to the Associated Press.

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The ship’s commissioning comes almost five and a half years after Giffords resigned from her congressional seat a year following the shooting. To this day, she continues to battle the challenges of partial paralysis and a language disorder.

“I thought of you in my darkest days, the soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines of the United States of America … You make me proud. You make America proud,” Giffords, who has become a big advocate for gun control, said in a speech Saturday as she stood next to her husband, AP reports.

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