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U.S. Census Bureau Daily Feature for November 24

November 23, 2011

WASHINGTON, Nov. 24, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Following is the daily “Profile America” feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:

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Profile America – Thursday, November 24th. Today is Thanksgiving Day, one of the most traditional of American holidays, thought to have begun in 1621 in Plymouth, Massachusetts. The holiday became national in scope in 1863, and the fourth Thursday of the month has been the official day since 1941. It’s a time that combines solemnity and joy, and a time for family gatherings. In many of the nation’s 117 million households, people will share a special meal, typically turkey with all the traditional trimmings. U.S. farmers raise more than 242 million turkeys annually, worth close to $4 billion. Americans eat an average of well over 13 pounds of turkey each year. The men and women of the U.S. Census Bureau wish you and your loved ones a joyful and peaceful Thanksgiving.

Sources: Chase’s Calendar of Events 2011, p. 572

U.S. Census Bureau, Facts for Features, CB10-FF.20

Profile America is produced by the Public Information Office of the U.S. Census Bureau. These daily features are available as produced segments, ready to air, on a monthly CD or on the Internet at http://www.census.gov (look for “Multimedia Gallery” by the “Newsroom” button).

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