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SYSK: 10-year-old makes first donation to veterans memorial

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JANESVILLE (KWWL) -

Bill Bloker and Luke Bloker, grandfather and grandson.

Bill is a Vietnam War Veteran, having served in the U.S. Navy. Luke is just wrapping up fourth grade in the Denver Community School District.

Both understand the importance of honoring the men and women who've served our country.

Luke is the first person to make a donation to a proposed Janesville Veterans Memorial.

"So people in Janesville can come look at the memorial for people who served for our country," said 10-year-old Luke Bloker.

Bill Bloker is leading the way to getting the memorial built. It's set to go at the community center in Janesville.

"We need one to let everyone know their service is appreciated," said Bill Bloker.

Bloker said he has a determination to get the project complete in honor of the former Janesville American Legion Commander.

"He and I talked about this. He passed away, so I made it a mission to complete this," said Bill Bloker.

Luke Bloker decided to help out the cause.

"My cousins and I were selling popcorn around the neighborhood and when I came inside I thought of helping grandpa with the Janesville Veterans Memorial. So I thought do a fundraiser at a garage sale we had," said Luke Bloker.

Selling the popcorn raised $100. Then two people gave matching donations. In total, Luke presented his grandpa with $300 for the veterans memorial.

"I just can't thank him enough. Pretty proud of him," said Bill Bloker.

Thanks to Luke, fundraising is officially underway.

Bids are currently being accepted, but a construction timeline isn't set yet.

If you'd like to make a donation to the memorial, a fund is set up at Janesville State Bank & Trust.

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