Brita Amine Hendrickson, 7, waves a Norwegian flag during the Sons of Norway’s Celebration of Norway’s Constitution Day in downtown San
Brita Amine Hendrickson, 7, waves a Norwegian flag during the Sons of Norway's Celebration of Norway's Constitution Day in downtown San Bernardino on May 17, 2013. (Gabriel Luis Acosta/Staff Photographer)

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Mayor Pat Morris joined about 50 people Friday to celebrate their Scandinavian heritage during a Norwegian Constitution Day Celebration event held outside City Hall in downtown San Bernardino.

"We're very proud Americans, but we're so proud of our Norwegian heritage," said Diane Griego of Ontario. "This is a special day for us!"

The event was sponsored by the Sons of Norway Inland Empire Chapter and celebrates the 199th anniversary of Norway's Constitution Day.

For 33 years, members of various lodges throughout the Inland Empire have gathered at San Bernardino's City Hall Plaza to celebrate the adoption of Norway's constitution on May 17, 1814.

The event is typically used to remember Norway's independence from Denmark.

"This is a day to reestablish my roots," said Margaret Swanson, 81, of Colton. "I love America."