Visiting the Northwood Gratitude and Honor Memorial

The Northwood Gratitude and Honor Memorial is located at 4531 Bryan Avenue in Irvine, CA in Southern California. It is about 20 minutes south of Anaheim, an hour south of Los Angeles and one and a half hours north of San Diego.

Name Rubbings

If you would like to do a name rubbing, please stop by the Park Center to request the free materials and instructions, or send an email to to arrange for a volunteer to meet you at the Memorial with materials. Just include your name, home and cellphone numbers, the date and approximate time of your visit and the name or names you wish to do rubbings of during your visit. Volunteers live within a 5 minute drive, so it is normally easy to accommodate requests for assistance.

The Memorial is located within the Northwood Community Park. Park Staff is available to answer questions by calling 949-724-6728 during regular park hours.

Park Hours: 
Monday-Friday   9:00 a.m. to   9:00 p.m.
Saturday             9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Sunday             12:00 p.m. to   6:00 p.m.

Driving Directions

The most direct route to the Memorial will include:

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



There are two parking lots - one next to the Park Center building on Bryan Avenue, and another next to the baseball field on Yale Avenue. Street parking is allowed only on Monticello which forms the northeast border of the park. PARKING ALONG BRYAN AVENUE OR YALE AVENUE WILL RESULT IN A PARKING TICKET EXCEPT DURING SCHEDULED CEREMONIES.


The nearest airport is John Wayne Airport (also known as Orange County or Santa Ana airport) which is about 8 miles from the Memorial. Other airports serving the Southern California area include:

 John Wayne
8 miles
 Long Beach
LGB 28 miles
 Ontario ONT  40 miles
 Los Angeles
LAX  45 miles
 San Diego
SAN  85 miles

Due to limited public transportation options, the visitor should plan on renting a car upon arrival.


There are many 1 to 5 star rated hotels and motels within a short driving distance from the Memorial within Irvine and surrounding communities. Visitors can search for lodging on travel sites such as,, or using the ZIP code of 92620 as the anchor point.


Irvine enjoys a Mediterranean climate with mild temperatures year round with over 280 sunny days annually.

 Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul Aug
 Sep  Oct  Nov Dec
 Avg. High Temp. (F) 68 69
 84  85  84  79  73  68
  Avg. Low Temp. (F)  41 43 45  48 53 57  60  61  59  53  45  40
 Avg. Rain (inches)
 2.96  3.07  2.79  0.77  0.28  0.07  0.01  0.14  0.34  0.38  1.22  1.79