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Emotions run deep at the 'Together We Thrive: Tucson and America' service

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Daniel Hernandez, the 20-year-old intern credited with likely saving the life of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, hugs her husband, NASA shuttle commander Mark Kelly, as Michelle Obama applauds at the "Together We Thrive: Tucson and America" event held to support and remember the victims of the Tucson shooting, at the University of Arizona in Tucson, Ariz. on Jan. 12, 2011.

We saw a lot of pictures from the service tonight. Most of them were good. A few of them were exceptional. This one of intern Daniel Hernandez hugging Mark Kelly almost brought me to tears. How do you thank the young man who saved your spouse? A big hug is a good start.

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"There is nothing I can say that will fill the sudden hole torn in your hearts. But know this: the hopes of a nation are here tonight. We mourn with you for the fallen. We join you in your grief. And we add our faith to yours that Representative Gabrielle Giffords and the other living victims of this tragedy pull through," Obama said.

Obama urged more civil discourse after a heated week of debate on the origins of the tragedy.

"As we discuss these issues, let each of us do so with a good dose of humility," Obama said. "Rather than pointing fingers or assigning blame, let us use this occasion to expand our moral imaginations, to listen to each other more carefully, to sharpen our instincts for empathy, and remind ourselves of all the ways our hopes and dreams are bound together...."

President Obama delivers a speech memorializing the victims in Tucson, and asks the country to 'listen to each other more carefully.'