New Brisbane memorial to open, dedicated to Afghanistan veterans

A new memorial and remembrance garden is being constructed in Brisbane, honouring those who died in the Afghanistan conflict and those veterans who returned home and have lost their lives to depression, post-traumatic stress and other mental health issues. The memorial has been brought to life by the organisation 42 for 42, and is being officially opened on Saturday 16 October 2021.

42 for 42 is a non-profit organisation founded by Afghanistan veterans. The organisation is dedicated to supporting the families of fallen Afghanistan veterans, as well as those who have returned from active duty in Afghanistan and their families. 

The ‘42’ represents the 41 veterans lost in Afghanistan, with the 42nd representing all Defence personnel who have died in training, who returned with injuries and mental health issues, and those we have tragically lost to suicide.

DVA is proud to have been involved with this initiative and has been able to assist by providing funding through our Saluting Their Service (STS) grants program.

If you have a family member or friend who you think should be represented by the 42 for 42 memorial, please contact the 42 for 42 group via email president [at] or visit

Veterans and their families are invited to attend the opening on 16 October at Suncorp Stadium, Milton, Queensland. Tickets for the ‘Memorial Garden Official Opening’ are available through Eventbrite.

A remembrance garden under construction with a modern office block behind it