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DURANT, OK -- The Boys & Girls Club of Durant held a special event today to end out their summer activities. Not only was it a fun time for the kids but for the National Guard as well.

"We've got the Boys & Girls Club of Durant coming out to spend some time with the armory. It is their end of year bash and they are letting the kids have a good time," says SGT Eric Langley from the Oklahoma Army National Guard.

It's the first Family Fun Day put on by the National Guard 

"We are having a Boys & Girls Club get together, kind of, for the end of the summer. There's bouncy houses," says Haley Langley whose a member of the club.

The event also involves an opportunity for the kids to spend time with local heroes.

"Kids love the National Guard members, they love to see the uniform. They just look up to us and some of them think we are heroes but we are just normal people and enjoy spending time with the kids," explains SGT Langley.

"They are a vital part of our community so whatever we can do and partner up together they've been a big help to us so we really appreciate it," explains Lacresha Ramos a parent of a child in the Boys & Girls Club.

Jason Sands, Executive Director of the Boys & Girls Club, says their focus for the club is community involvement.

"The Boys & Girls club's main focus and we really, really try and concentrate on is community collaboration. And not only to have a community collaboration with organizations and companies in our community but the National Guard where our young people can actually see the people that are responsible for protecting our nation."

Sands says the first annual Family Fun Day was definitely a success.

"We just thank the National Guard for reaching out their hands, extending their hands to our Boys & Girls Club," says Sands.

"Our doors are always open not just for the Boys & Girls Club but the whole community," says SGT Langley.