Former Congresswoman Gab-rielle Giffords and her husband, retired astronaut Mark Kelly, will be grand marshals for the Tucson Rodeo Parade Feb. 21.

Parade officials chose the two in recognition of "their history of national and local community service, and their legacy of hope, strength and love," according to a news release.

Giffords resigned from Congress last year to focus on her recovery from a severe wound suffered in a mass shooting on Jan. 8, 2011. Six people died in the shooting and 12 others were wounded in addition to Giffords.