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MERIDIAN -- Military families who were apart during the holidays got another chance to celebrate together this weekend.

Families of service members based at Gowen Field and Mountain Home Air Force Base got to visit Roaring Springs Water Park for free Sunday.

Employees decorated the park, Christmas carols played all day, and Santa had gifts for the kids.

It's August 25th, 121 days until December 25th, so we put it together very quickly because we thought this might be the last Christmas for awhile, hopefully that a lot of troops are deployed, said Tiffany Quilici, marketing director for Roaring Springs Waterpark.

More than 500 service members who were deployed last Christmas were invited to this event.

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