Rep. Gwen Moore Waves Pencil In 'Charlie Hebdo' Homage During SOTU, Honoring Free Speech And Those Who Died For It — VIDEO

A giant pencil is held up at a vigil outside The French Institute in London on January 9, 2015 for the 12 victims of the attack on the Paris offices of satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo. Elite French police stormed a printworks and a Jewish supermarket Friday, killing two brothers wanted for the Charlie Hebdo attack and a gunman linked to them in a dramatic end to twin sieges that rocked France. The dramatic climax to the two standoffs brought to an end more than 48 hours of fear and uncertainty that began when the two brothers slaughtered 12 people at satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in the bloodiest attack on French soil in half a century. AFP PHOTO / JUSTIN TALLIS (Photo credit should read JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images)
Source: JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images

In a touching tribute to the victims of the 'Charlie Hebdo' massacre, Representative Gwen Moore, D-Wis., waved a pencil during President Obama's 2015 State of the Union address. The symbolic gesture, which has been mimicked in protests and rallies since the horrific attack, was a welcome tribute to the 12 lives lost in France fighting for free speech. A yellow pencil has been used a symbol of protest against the terrorist attacks that targeted the satirical publication because of published cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammed.

Rep. Moore organized the tribute to the fallen journalists in the 'Charlie Hebdo' terrorist attack, and more than 40 members of Congress agreed to participate during the State of the Union. "The congresswoman believes that this is a unique opportunity to join our global partners in showing our collective support and solidarity," Moore's spokesperson Eric Harris said earlier today.

Rep. Moore also tweeted on the day of the SOTU that "Free Speech isn't a partisan issue. Freedom of Expression is a human right." Free speech is a pillar of American freedom and it's no surprise that Rep. Moore felt compelled to honor the victims of the 'Charlie Hebdo' massacre in such a public way. 

[Twitter Embed:]

[Twitter Embed:]

Must Reads