President Obama Pardons Turkeys Named Apple, Cider

BY News Desk  November 24, 2010 at 10:25 AM EDT

An annual Thanksgiving tradition, now in its 63rd year, continued Wednesday when President Obama pardoned “the National Thanksgiving Turkey” from the Thanksgiving table in a Rose Garden ceremony. Click here for some history on the event. Here’s footage of last year’s event.

Apple and alternate Cider, both 21-week old, 45-pound turkeys were pardoned. The turkeys’ names were selected from submissions from California schoolchildren. They will live out their days on George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate in Virginia.

Watch the event here: