Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, holding the gavel that was used for the passage of 1965's Medicare Act, locked arms with House members Rep. John Lewis, Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, and Rep. Chris Van Hollen (as well as others), during their walk to vote for the final passage of Health Care Reform in Congress today (via Nico Pitney; h/t Crooks & Liars):
Here's more details about this moment from Huff Po (via DKos):
In the video above, Speaker Pelosi and other House Democrats march over to begin their series of votes on health care reform. Pelosi is carrying the gavel used when the House voted to pass Medicare in 1965; it was provided by Rep. John Dingell, the longest serving member of Congress in history, whose father presided over the 1965 vote. At Pelosi's side were Georgia congressman and civil rights-era leader John Lewis and her close friend Rep. David Obey (D-Wisc.).UPDATE II:
Here's a great picture from the NY Times:
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi carried the gavel that was used when Medicare was passed, with Rep. John Lewis, second from left, Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, left, Rep. John Larson, second right, and Rep. Chris Van Hollen.