A year ahead of the 700th anniversary of the battle, there is a lot of attention being paid to Bannockburn.
We can, understandably, expect to hear a lot more about it over the next 12 months.
By contrast, today another significant battle involving the Scots and English reaches a historical milestone with much less fanfare.
Rather than being a national affair, the commemorations to mark the 500th anniversary of Flodden are, primarily, local.
At its most basic, that is the difference between a victory and a defeat. There is more cause to celebrate the former than commemorate the latter.
Indeed, some might question why there is any commemoration at all for a battle that was such a terrible defeat. Or whose legacy cast such a long shadow over the country.
And yet, half a millennium on, people from both sides of the Border have been gathering to reflect and commemorate. There is much to consider.
Military strategists ponder why King James did not prepare more wisely. The archaeologists wonder, once again, why such a strong position at Branxton Hill was lost.
And historians ask how the king could have found himself in such a strategic mess. Things had looked so promising.
James IV, the King of Scots, was in his prime, and had put his mark on Scotland and the wider world. He knew his politics and polity, creating government arrangements that outlasted him.
But away from home he was a player, too, recognised at the top table in Europe and married to the sister of his powerful southern neighbour, Henry VIII.
So he knew his statecraft. And yet, there he was, in the summer of 1513, caught in a vice. Unable to persuade his brother-in-law to hold back from his attacks on France and unable to persuade France to release him from his obligations under the Auld Alliance.
The strategy was bust - mixing with the major powers to maintain peace and to promote prosperity had failed. The peace was over and before long the prosperity.
Of course, academics pore over the consequences for the history of Scotland. I will leave them to it - the importance or relevance of the catastrophe at Flodden for the events that followed are for the experts to consider. But the fact that it is difficult territory may explain why there is so little public debate or consideration of it right now.
Which leaves us with the people who are gathering today, just over the Border, on the 500th anniversary.
Most of the participants will be from the Borders or north Northumberland. It will be a special occasion, but not unprecedented.
Earlier this summer, well over a thousand people, nearly half of them on horseback, gathered on the same spot at Flodden as part of the annual common ridings and festivals of the area. Year in, year out, it's the same story.
On occasions like that, as you stand on the hill, it is a truly magnificent scene. It is hard to relate it to the carnage and destruction of the battle all those centuries ago.
The reason people in the Borders and Northumberland continue to reflect and commemorate the battle is because the events of that day still echo down the years.
While Edinburgh built its vast walls in anticipation of English incursions, the "debateable lands", which had always been vulnerable to attack, became more so.
The ballads and verses of the region tell the stories of those years, passed on through the generations to this day.
Every town has its tale, its memories, its pride. The dangers and challenges of the years after Flodden created an independence of mind, a resilience and a set of community values that resonate to this day.
So, as a nation we may not be throwing a spotlight on Flodden to compare with Bannockburn. But for those of us who live in the south of the country, along with our friends across the Border, it is not a battle we will be forgetting any time soon.
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