Luan pays tribute to ancestors
Student gets service honours
EVERY Anzac Day, millions of people from all walks of life attend services and ceremonies all throughout Australia, and even the youngest and smallest among them have a part to play.
Eight-year-old Luan Pinto was one of several students from Coominya State School who were given the integral task of laying a wreath at their local Anzac service.
Only in Year 3, this was the second time Luan has been given the responsibility of representing his school and community in this special way.
“I felt very honoured,” he said.
Coming from a multicultural family, Luan’s family history has offered him a unique perspective of the reason and meaning behind Anzac Day.
Several of his ancestors – in both Brazil and Australia – have served in the military.
On his father’s side, his great-grandfather Aricles Pinto was a cavalry officer in the Paraguay war, while his great uncle Almir Vinhaes was a bomb disposal officer in World War II.
His grandfather Julio Pinto is a retired admiral from the Brazilian Navy.
On his mother’s side, his grandfather John Frost served as an Australian Army lieutenant in the Vietnam War, and rose to the rank of captain before switching to the RAAF, where he held the position of squadron leader before retiring.
His uncle Gary Frost, formerly a major in the Australian Army, now works for a private corporation, rebuilding in former war zones.
All of this has given Luan a personal insight into the true purpose of Anzac Day.
“It’s not about celebrating war, it’s about remembering all those people that died.” Mr Frost said.
❝It’s not about celebrating war, it’s about remembering all those people that died. — Gary Frost
IN MEMORY: Coominya State School student Luan Pinto at the Coominya Anzac Day service.