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Duplin County Schools in session

Memorial Day is a day of remembrance and while most had the day off to reflect, many in Duplin County celebrated the day like any other. Ceremonies were held across the country to commemorate the holiday, but students, faculty and staff in county schools only caught a glimpse of the celebrations. That's because unlike other local school districts, county students had to go to class. Last year, the school board decided an extra day of instruction was needed for students to prepare for end of the year exams. But, some students say they're distracted on a day like this... they have loved ones on their mind. Sandy Inesteroth's cousin is fighting in Iraq. "It's really hard," she says. "He says there are times that he thinks he's going to die and he fears for his life, but he knows it's for a good cause." Inesteroth says whether in school or out, students like her will do their best to remember the true meaning of memorial day. Dr. Wiley Doby, Duplin County Superintendent, says the decision to keep kids in school was made last year, before he was hired. He adds, next year, schools will be closed.

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