RESILIENCE. That was the theme word at a Vietnam Veterans Day ceremony yesterday.

Both Cockscomb Vietnam Veterans Retreat president Herb Elliott and Livingstone Shire Mayor Bill Ludwig talked of the resilience of veterans and that of the community after Cyclone Marcia.

Cockscomb Retreat, Mr Elliott explained, was smashed by Marcia.

"You can smash their (veterans) property but you can't smash their spirit," he told an audience of about 100 people at the Cawarral service.

Cr Ludwig said it was a day of reflection and remembrance.

One of the guest speakers was one of the first Central Queenslanders to serve in the Vietnam War - Harry Mimi.

"When we got there, we were the advance party (attached to American 173rd Airborne Brigade) so we had to check everything out," he said.

"We had to go out on patrols and everything... there were about 80 of us."

Harry said it was about two weeks later when the rest of the battalion arrived.

He also talked about the rain being so heavy it floated the soldiers out of their tents on their beds.

After Harry gave his talk about his experiences, a list of eight names was read out.

Those eight names have been added to the memorial at Cockscomb and were Vietnam veterans who died in the past 12 months.

Veterans added to the memorial at Cockscomb

Rodney Thomas Bryant

Michael George Dobbs

Gordon Drochmann

Errol George Hartas

Graham Victor Hill

Ronald Donald Macfarlane

Michael John Murphy

John Robert Newell



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