Obama pardons National Thanksgiving Turkey

Staff Writer
Plaquemine Post South

WASHINGTON, DC – President Barack Hussein Obama pardoned the National Thanksgiving Turkey in a ceremony in the Rose Garden Wednesday.

Obama celebrated the 66th anniversary of the National Thanksgiving Turkey presentation, reflected upon the time-honored traditions of Thanksgiving and wish American families a safe and healthy holiday. 

The 2013 National Thanksgiving Turkey and its alternate were hatched and raised near Badger, Minnesota.

After the pardoning, the turkeys will be driven to George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens. The National Thanksgiving Turkey and its alternate will be on display for visitors during “Christmas at Mount Vernon,” a traditional program through Jan. 6.

The turkeys will then travel to their permanent home at Morven Park’s Turkey Hill, the historic turkey farm located at the home of former Virginia Governor Westmoreland Davis in Leesburg, Virginia.