Luan pays trib­ute to an­ces­tors

Stu­dent gets ser­vice hon­ours

Gatton Star - - NEWS - Nathan Greaves

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

PHOTO: NATHAN GREAVES

IN MEM­ORY: Coominya State School stu­dent Luan Pinto at the Coominya An­zac Day ser­vice.

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