Courage, the National Thanksgiving turkey, waits to be pardoned at the North Portico of the White House Tuesday, November 25, 2009 in Washington. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)
Two Virginia-raised turkeys are heading to Washington for an annual Thanksgiving tradition.
The Rockingham County toms are scheduled to leave Monday for Washington where President Barack Obama will pardon one of the two on Wednesday. Two birds are sent to the White House in the event one falls ill during its trip to Washington from Harrisonburg.
The birds were raised by Craig and Nancy Miller just outside Harrisonburg. Craig Miller said the two toms each weighing 40 pounds were raised separately from the 43,000 hens he tends under contract with Cargill Inc.
A motorcade will deliver the two birds and they'll spend two nights in the W Hotel before the annual White House ceremony. They'll be retired at Mount Vernon.
The Miller family will join their birds in Washington.