Peg og Keith Wheeler
of Eureka, California,
Wish our Friends & Relatives in Norway & the U.S.
En strålende 17. mai til deg !!
A splendid Constitution Day to you!
We hope you all have a fantastic
Syttende Mai 2015 !
(17th of May 2015)
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Our flags will be flying here in Eureka, California, USA this year to honor this special day in Norway.
This year we celebrate this special day with memories of the guests from Norway who came to California to help us dedicate the "Slooper bautastein" in Napa May 15, 2004.
Two days later, on the 17th, we gathered with our friends at San Francisco's Norwegian Seaman's Church* overlooking the Bay. A few years ago we added a photo album from that memorable 2004 day.
Folks in Norway in 2005 did some extra special celebration. That year marked 100 years since Norway ended its union with Sweden. As our friend and Tysvær Cultural Officer Ingvar Frøyland told us in 2005, "This year we are talking a lot of the period 1905 - 2005 in Norway because it is 100 years since we got our own king. From 1814, when we got our own constitution (May 17th) and was free from Denmark, and until 1905 we had a common king with Sweden. June 7th is the day in 1905 when the union with Sweden ended, and we got our new king Håkon the 7th (imported from Denmark though) - and on June 7th [of 2005] Haugesund, Karmøy and Tysvær together [had] a big arrangement at Haraldshaugen in Haugesund to celebrate the end of the union with Sweden. We are planning to have a cultural program with a lot of local music and theater, and if the weather is fine, we are hoping a lot of people will come. This is the first time these communes [had] a common program at Haraldshaugen."
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For more relevant history, check out
Geir Ottesen's May 2005 article:
"17th May and the memorable year 1814"
Should any of our US family & friends want to know more about this holiday, check out these sites:
in California, USA
In 2004 we had the privilege to attend San Francisco's Norwegian Seaman's Church with this striking group of Rogaland folks!
(See 2004 Photo Album)
with usual Oslo Parade video clip
with kids, bands & royalty waving!
And great photos from 17 May 2004 celebrations in the Haugesund area of northern Rogaland fylke thanks to the Haugesund Today web site - and photos from the 2003 and 2002 celebrations!!
in Tysvær, Rogaland
With their San Francisco Troll tee-shirts on, Einar & PC Slogvik get ready for the celebration!
2002 in Karmøy
The Slogvik & Ebne families prepare for the festivities at the Ebne home on Karmøy. (L to R: Einar, Ingrid, Sigrun, Kristin & Rotraud - photo taken by Kjell
Girls wearing Rogaland bunader - Jelsa type.
You are invited to visit our Slooper Monument Project pages for the Napa bautastein story
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