For Information – 42 for 42 Memorial

I am writing to inform you that 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’ stands for the 41 Veterans lost in Afghanistan, with the 42nd representing all defence personnel that 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.

Additionally, DVA is assisting the organisation by getting the word out that 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 [email protected] or visit

If you are in Brisbane I encourage you to go along to the official opening of the memorial and remembrance gardens on 16 October, and provide these details to your organisations members. Tickets to attend the event are available at the following link: Memorial Garden Official Opening Tickets, Sat, Oct 16, 2021 at 1:30 PM | Eventbrite.



Liz Cosson AM CSC
Department of Veterans’ Affairs

02 6289 6735 Ext: 616735
[email protected] | E: [email protected]