What does it take to build a memorial garden?
Five years ago, four Afghanistan veterans came up with the idea to build the Afghanistan War Memorial garden. This was to be a place where veterans, their families and the public could go to pay their respects to those who lost their lives during the Afghanistan campaign.
So began 5 years of blood, sweat and tears to bring their dream into reality.
After a mountain of red tape and hurdles, construction finally began in March 2021. Leading the charge was the President of non-profit organisation 42 for 42, Sean Mulqueen.
The team at 42 for 42 and an army of volunteers worked tirelessly to transform the existing space into the Afghanistan War Memorial Garden.
Located behind the iconic Suncorp Stadium, the garden is a place of reflection for the families and friends of the 41 Australian soldiers who lost their lives in Afghanistan and those who returned with physical and mental wounds or have taken their lives since their return.
The memorial garden provides an interactive experience with scanable QR codes on each of the plaques of the fallen to help you understand the stories behind the names.
This Story Australia provides media production services to Ex-service organisations and was proud to capture the transformation of the garden.
The memorial garden was officially opened on the 16th October 2022.