Visiting the Memorial

The Memorial is officially open to the public 24 hours a day, year-round.

The Memorial is located at 4531 Bryan Avenue in Irvine, CA, about 1 hour south of Los Angeles and 20 minutes south of Anaheim.

  • Interstate 5 - Culver Drive (Exit 99)
  • Drive NE on Culver Drive approx. 1/2 mile (toward the mountains)
  • Turn Right onto Bryan Avenue
  • Northwood Community Park will be on your left in approx. 1/2 mile (intersection of Bryan Ave. and Yale Ave.)

    The list of engraved names is available on the Fallen Heroes page. If you would like to do a name rubbing, please stop by the Park Center to request the free materials, or send an email to us to arrange for a volunteer to meet you at the Memorial with materials. (See the Visiting page for more details.)

"To be killed in a war is not the worst that can happen. To be lost is not the worst. To be forgotten is the worst."

Pierre Claeyssens (1909–2003)


Ceremonies / Events

This year's Veterans Day ceremony will be held on Sunday November 8th.

We are pleased to be hosting the California Remembering Our Fallen traveling exhibit. This exhibit has photos and biographies of each Fallen Hero of Afghanistan or Iraq who came from California.

It will be co-hosted by the City of Irvine and be located at the Civic Center through November 21st. More details will be provided in early autumn.

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Welcome to the Northwood Gratitude and Honor Memorial

Remembering the Fallen American Heroes of Afghanistan and Iraq Since 2003

Northwood Gratitude and Honor Memorial

This is the nation's first memorial dedicated exclusively to listing the names of all the fallen American service members in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Since 2003, a simple memorial for the country’s military fallen in Afghanistan and Iraq was set up in the Southern California city of Irvine by members of the community on the week before Memorial Day and then removed the week after Independence Day. For years the community and visitors from all over the country have come to share in the fellowship at the site of the Northwood Gratitude and Honor Memorial.

The names of every service member who has died in Afghanistan and Iraq had been displayed on the wooden posts of the temporary memorial. Now their names are engraved in granite in a permanent memorial, to assure that future generations of Americans will remember and honor them with gratitude as we do today. The panels will be updated regularly as long as American service members are dying in those conflicts.

Please join us in remembering these heroes. Your donation help defray the cost of a hero's name being engraved in a granite panel of the memorial, maintenance of the Memorial, and services to Gold Star families.

Gold Star Families

Welcome Gold Star Families,

Please look around the site to learn about this community effort to honor your loved one. Before you leave, be sure to stop by the Fallen Heroes page. There you can search for the location of your hero's name on the Memorial.

Then go to the Gold Star page where you can request that a rubbing (tracing) of your loved one's name be sent to you free of charge.


"Remember the Brave" - an original song

“And he, he gave his tomorrow

He left his life to serve his country

And he went where few men would follow

Willing to die for you and for me

So don’t let this man’s sacrifice be in vain

Remember his name.

Country musician Johnny Bulford wrote an original song for the organization "Remembering the Brave" to honor the fallen heroes of Afghanistan and Iraq. He graciously allowed us to include it in our dedication ceremonies and it has become an unofficial anthem of our Memorial. Please take a few moments to listen to it - we think you'll understand why we think it is such a special song: To learn more about the song and the artist, visit and click on his blog page.