Facts about Thanksgiving
–George Washington, leader of the revolutionary forces in the American Revolutionary War, proclaimed a Thanksgiving in December 1777 as a victory celebration honoring the defeat of the British at Saratoga. More about Thanksgiving day
-In the middle of the American Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln, proclaimed a national Thanksgiving Day, to be celebrated on the final Thursday in November 1863.
-Since 1863, Thanksgiving has been observed annually in the United States. -In 1939, November had five Thursdays that year President Franklin D. Roosevelt declared the fourth Thursday as Thanksgiving rather than the fifth one.
-In 1941 The U.S. Congress passed a bill requiring that Thanksgiving be observed annually on the fourth Thursday of November.
-Since 1947, or possibly earlier, the National Turkey Federation has presented the President of the United States with one live turkey and two dressed turkeys, in a ceremony known as the National Thanksgiving Turkey Presentation. Thanksgiving at The White House
-While it is commonly held that this pardoning tradition began with Harry Truman in 1947, the Truman Library has been unable to find any evidence for this.
-In more recent years, two turkeys have been pardoned, in case the original turkey becomes unavailable for presidential pardoning. See Turkey Facts
-Since 2003 the public has been invited to vote for the two turkeys’ names.
-Since 2005, the two turkeys have been flown first class on United Airlines from Washington, D.C. to the Los Angeles area where they become the Grand Marshals of Disneyland’s annual Thanksgiving Day parade
-Since 1970, a group of Native Americans and other assorted protesters (mostly of progressive political persuasion) have held a National Day of Mourning protest on Thanksgiving at Plymouth Rock in Plymouth, Massachusetts in the name of social equality and in honor of political prisoners.
-Baked or roasted turkey is usually the featured item on any Thanksgiving feast table More about Thanksgiving meals
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