Turkeys arrive in Washington for White House pardon

Wishbone one of two turkeys set to be pardoned by President Donald Trump is previewed by members of the press Tuesday Nov. 21 2017 at the White House briefing room in Washington

Turkeys arrive in Washington for White House pardon

A pair of turkeys have a lot to be thankful for this year.

An additional two turkeys, brought in from a Pennsylvania farm, will not be so lucky, as the Trumps will donate them to the Washington, D.C. -based nonprofit Martha's Table.

The event, set to take place in the White House Rose Garden Tuesday afternoon, marks the annual ceremony's 70th anniversary, the White House noted in its November 16 announcement. The turkeys have been prepping for their big day with a 2-night stay in one of the hotel's luxury suites.

The seaonal birds were raised in Western Minnesota by National Turkey Federation Chairman Carl Wittenburg and his wife, Sharlene, along with five young women from the Douglas County 4-H chapter, according to the White House.

The Willard Intercontinental is set to introduce the national Thanksgiving turkey and his alternate "wingman" Monday. That year, President George H.W. Bush started what has become the tradition upheld by every president since.

The turkeys will reside at "Gobbler's Rest" on Virginia Tech's campus after the ceremony, where they will join last year's birds that were pardoned by former President Obama.

But before we celebrate this time-honored tradition, let's not forget the most unfortunate turkey pardoning of all time.

The names of the birds will be released on social media shortly before the ceremony on Tuesday.

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