While a bagpiper played at the monument above the village of Braxton in Northumberland and Clive Hallam Barker, a historian, gave guided tours of the battlefield, there was little official ceremony, The Scotsman reported. Many of the visitors came on their own.
James was the last king in the British Isles to be killed in battle.
A big celebration is planned next year for the 600th anniversary of Scotland's most celebrated victory, the Battle of Bannockburn. Donald Smith of the Scottish Storytelling Center said the emotions surrounding Flodden are more complicated.
"Scotland never really recovered from this -- it is the beginning of the end as an independent country," he said. "I think it is interesting that so many people have come here for their own reasons of their own volition."
Father and son Harold and Kirk Hansen from Wisconsin were at the battlefield. Harold Hansen said they had ancestors who lived in the Borders region and may have fought at Flodden.
"It's so shocking that so many died in such a short time, not just on the Scots side but both," he said. "It's a very visceral experience coming here."
Margaret Ann Fletcher, a 21-year-old history student from Falkirk, said she feels like Flodden has been "swept under the carpet."
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