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Confederate event prompts mixed opinions

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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - It wasn't hard to miss them--hundreds of men dressed like civil war soldiers and women in period costumes made their way up Dexter Avenue for one main reason.

"To celebrate our southern heritage. It's history, somebody has to preserve it," says one marcher.

Most of the participants will tell you, to them, the event is about remembering those who paid the ultimate price despite misperceptions from those who might oppose..

"They connect us to the Ku Klux Klan, they connect us to the Aryan nation, and we have absolutely nothing to do with any of that. We are here to honor the people that fought for what they believe in," says Betty Thrasher.

While participants say this is a chance to remember and commemorate history, others say this isn't the way it should be done.

"Rather than celebrating today, we should be having a moment of silence for the millions of Africans who were sold into servitude and the over $600,000 Americans who died in the war which was based on slavery," says Ken Mullinax.

Debra Wilson's ancestors fought in the war, and insists she's there to thank them for what they did.

"I don't like it when they say it's about slavery. All I say is my ancestors didn't fight in the civil war, go from one state to the other and get killed for a slave."

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