Contact: Wendy Haase, Director of Tourism Marketing
Destination Irvine
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Home to the Northwood Gratitude and Honor Memorial - Destination Shows its Appreciation

Irvine, Calif. December 12, 2011 - The Northwood Gratitude and Honor Memorial, the nation's only memorial dedicated to honoring by name all the fallen American service members in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, is bringing thousands of visitors from all over the country to Irvine, Calif., in conjunction with this newly dedicated landmark, Destination Irvine has coordinated a military-discount website offering those traveling to the city special offers.

"It says a lot about the community when Irvine and area businesses show their appreciation and support for our military," said Dale Jelinek, Director, Northwood Gratitude and Honor Memorial. "In addition, the promotion is generating awareness for this monument that honors the heroes that gave their all for the United States."

Nearly a dozen Irvine and other Orange County businesses are participating in the ongoing military-discount promotion. Offers are good for veterans, active military and Gold and Blue Star families and range from special rates and amenities at Irvine hotels to shopping and dining discounts. For a complete and an up-to-date list of participants visit

About Northwood Gratitude and Honor Memorial
The Northwood Gratitude and Honor Memorial was dedicated on November 14, 2010. The memorial includes a new monument sign and plaque, a lighted flagpole, a paved walkway, three stone benches, and five sentinels bearing granite panels. The panels currently hold the names of 6,253 casualties from October, 2001 through September, 2011. The panels are updated four times a year and will continue to be updated as long as American service members are dying in those conflicts.

Official ceremonies are held on Memorial Day, Veterans Day and with the unveiling of new names. The Memorial is open to the public 24 hours a day, year round.

About Irvine
Irvine - the center of Orange County, California - offers visitors shopping, golf, diverse dining, arts and culture, outdoor recreation, and family-friendly activities. Just minutes from the area's popular beaches and world-famous attractions - Irvine is the ideal location for a true Southern California experience!

About Destination Irvine
Under the Irvine Chamber of Commerce, a non-profit 501(c)6, Destination Irvine, funded by a self-imposed assessment through a Hotel Improvement District (H.I.D.) positions Irvine as a destination for visitors, meetings and groups. Destination Irvine through direct sales efforts including database marketing, lead generation, trade show participation, and familiarization tours, sells the destination. In addition, Destination Irvine promotes Irvine through marketing, advertising and public relations efforts.