Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Some Thanksgiving pardons and history

On the left here you can see a picture of President Bush and either May or Flower the two turkeys he pardoned for Thanksgiving this year. These two turkeys are now off to be marshals in the Disney Thanksgiving parade and then will live their lives out at Disney World.

You can see the turkeys for the past few years and get a history of the pardoning of turkey's on the White House's web site. This year happens to be the sixtieth anniversary of the first turkey pardon by President Truman (check out this photo essay of the event).

Now many of you probably believe the first thanksgiving was held by the pilgrims. What you may not be aware of, and President Bush hinted at this in his official Thanksgiving Greetings, was that on December 4, 1619 a group of settlers landed at Berkley Plantation (where Bush gave his greetings) and gave thanks and if they hadn't all died in battle that year were supposed to "be yearly and perpetually keept holy as a day of Thanksgiving to Almighty God."

Want to know more about this and the call for an official pardoning of a pig (since the VA settlers probably had ham)? Check out the Washington Post article "For Va., Half a Holiday Loaf: Bush Acknowledges Thanksgiving Claim but Won't Pardon Pig."

Want to learn some more, maybe less silly, information on presidents? Check out the library's guide.

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