President Barack Obama pardons the turkey
WASHINGTON (WUSA) -- On Wednesday, President Barack Obama will pardon the National Thanksgiving Turkey in a ceremony in the Rose Garden.
The President will celebrate the 65th anniversary of the National Thanksgiving Turkey presentation, and will reflect upon the time-honored traditions of Thanksgiving. President Obama will also wish American families a warm, safe, and healthy holiday.
According to the White House, after the pardoning, the two turkeys will be driven to George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens, where the National Thanksgiving Turkey will be welcomed with a ceremony featuring a trumpet fanfare and proclamation read by Washington's farm manager, James Anderson. The turkeys will arrive in style, in a horse-drawn carriage guided by staff dressed in 18th-century costumes.
The turkeys will be on display for visitors during "Christmas at Mount Vernon," from November 23 through January 6.
When the holidays end, the turkeys' home will be in a custom-made enclosure at Mount Vernon's livestock facility.
The 2012 National Thanksgiving Turkey and its alternate were raised on a farm that belongs to Craig and Nancy Miller in Rockingham County, Virginia.