Washington: President Obama is going to honour the tradition reportedly started by his predecessor and pardon a turkey at this year’s Thanksgiving.
He will pardon the National Thanksgiving Turkey On Wednesday, November 23, 2011 in a ceremony in the Rose Garden.
The President will celebrate the 64th anniversary of the National Thanksgiving Turkey presentation, reflect upon the time-honored traditions of Thanksgiving, and wish American families a warm, safe, and healthy holiday, a White House release said..
After the pardoning, the turkeys will be driven to George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens. The National Thanksgiving Turkey will be on display for visitors during ``Christmas at Mount Vernon,`` a special program through January 6.
After the holidays, the National Thanksgiving Turkey and its alternate will live in a custom-made enclosure at Mount Vernon’s nationally recognized livestock facility.