Monday, November 25, 2019

2019 New Hampshire Thanksgiving Proclamation and Turkey Pardon

This morning, at the Executive Council meeting in the New Hampshire statehouse in Concord, Governor Christopher Sununu proclaimed the Thanksgiving holiday for 2019.  Also, following the Thanksgiving Proclamation ceremony, he pardoned a turkey. 

Ten members of the New Hampshire Mayflower Society
with Governor Chris Sununu

The Governor, Executive Council and New Hampshire Mayflower Society

Governor Rojo and Governor Sununu

Governor Chris Sununu, the NH Attorney General, and
the Executive Council all voted on pardoning this suspicious character,
at turkey from Sanbornton, New Hampshire. 

"Joanna" the turkey received a full pardon

New Hampshire Mayflower Society Governor Rojo with the 2019 Thanksgiving Proclamation

The Thanksgiving Proclamation reads:

The State of New Hampshire By His Excellency Christopher T. Sununu, Governor and the Honorable Executive Council

A Proclamation

In the year of our Lord Two Thousand and Nineteen  THANKSGIVING DAY, NOVEMBER 28, 2019

WHEREAS, in the autumn of 1621, the Pilgrims held a three-day feast to celebrate the plentiful harvest they reaped following their first winter in North America; and

WHEREAS, the first national Thanksgiving Day, proclaimed by President George Washington, Was November 26, 1789, and President Abraham Lincoln, proclaimed the first annual national holiday in 1863, establishing the date as the last Thursday of November at the behest of nationally celebrated editor and author, and daughter of New Hampshire, Sarah Josepha Hale; and

WHEREAS, on Thanksgiving Day, New Hampshire citizens and all Americans come together to enjoy the fellowship of family and friends with a feast that symbolizes the many blessings of our lives, and

WHEREAS, while Thanksgiving is a time to gather in a spirit of gratitude with family, friends, and neighbors, it is also an opportunity to serve others and to share our blessings with those in need; and

WHEREAS, as citizens we pause to consider our good fortunes, and are especially mindful of the heroic men and women who serve and have served our country;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, CHRISTOPHER T. SUNUNU, GOVERNOR, of the State of New Hampshire, do hereby proclaim, NOVEMBER 28, 2019 as THANKSGIVING DAY in the State of New Hampshire, and call this day to the attention of all citizens.

Given at the Executive Council Chamber, this 25th day of November, in the year of Our Lord, two thousand nineteen, and of the independence of the United Sates of America, two hundred forty-three. 

See the turkey pardon here from WMUR TV:

One of our junior members was also on a video!  See Sophie Morrow interviewed here:


Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "2019 New Hampshire Thanksgiving Proclamation and Turkey Pardon",  Nutfield Genealogy, posted November 25, 2019, ( accessed [access date]). 

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