Today Liberty and Peace will become the most envied turkeys in America when President Obama grants them pardon, thus saving them from the dreadful fate of the Thanksgiving dinner table.
Both 19-week old, 45-pound turkeys from Willmar, Minnesota, will be pardoned by the President in a White House ceremony this morning. According to the White House the names for Liberty and its alternate Peace were chosen from over 100 submissions to the Minnesota Turkey Growers Association’s web site that highlighted the National Thanksgiving Turkey.
Following the pardoning, the birds will be given their freedom at George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate. Before taking up residence in a custom-made enclosure at Mount Vernon’s livestock facility, the National Thanksgiving Turkey will be on display for visitors during “Christmas at Mount Vernon,” a special program that runs through January 6.