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Civil War reenactors paid tribute to soldiers Monday who died fighting in East Tennessee.

The 79th New York Highlander reenactors marched through the Old Gray Cemetery in North Knoxville this morning in full historic regalia. That's where members of the original Union Highlanders are buried.

The reenactors also placed "thistle" flowers on their graves. Thistles are the native flower of Scotland, and the Highlanders were Scottish.

The unit fought in East Tennessee, including the battle of Ft. Sanders.

"We want to remember them so they're not forgotten, by coming here doing this we're reminding the people of East Tennessee how 125 men from New York were all that's left of a thousand man regiment that defended their city," said reenactor Shane Miles.

The reenactors have been marching and laying the flowers as a memorial day tradition...for 20 years.

Memorial Day actually began a few years after the Civil War as Decoration Day, a time to honor the Civil War dead by decorating their graves with flowers.

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