Military Emphasis Week

Military Emphasis Week (MEW) raises awareness and appreciation for those who have served and are serving in the United States military.  Our founder, the late Dr. Jerry Falwell, led Liberty University by example, demonstrating the consistency of Christianity, patriotism, and love of country. Military Emphasis Week seeks to carry on this legacy.

Once a one-day event on campus, Military Emphasis Week has been expanded to a week-long event in order to give greater visibility, support and recognition to our military and veterans. Events are planned throughout campus during this week to show appreciation for the men and women who have served and are serving this great nation. Events marked with the online icon  offer opportunities for online military students to participate even if they cannot travel to campus!

Schedule of Events - 2017

Use the below quick links to jump to a specific event in the schedule:

Military Appreciation Hockey Game

Join us as we watch the Liberty Flames battle it out on the ice and celebrate those who fight for our freedom. A special pre-game ceremony honoring our military will begin at 6:45 p.m. You will not want to miss this exciting game or the special military competitions that will be held during the period breaks. 

  • Date: Saturday, November 4
  • Time: 7:00 p.m. (Pre-game ceremony begins at 6:45 p.m.)
  • Location: LaHaye Ice Center
  • Tickets: Free for military members and veterans upon proof of service (Military ID or DD214)


Military Night of Remembrance

This one hour service honors Liberty University faculty, staff and students who gave their lives for our freedom. Join us for an evening of remembrance, reflection, and a special time of prayer for our military service members, their families and our country.

  • Date: Monday, November 6
  • Time: 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. 
  • Location: Liberty University Worley Prayer Chapel

Military Convocation 

Join us for a special Convocation service as we recognize our military for their service to our country. This rousing convocation will feature patriotic music, a special military speaker, and a salute to our Armed Forces.

  • Date: Wednesday, November 8
  • Time: 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
  • Location: Vines Center
  • Speaker: TBA

 Online students, you can tune in and watch Military Convocation live on Wednesday, November 8 on the Office of Spiritual Development's Facebook page:

Veterans Appreciation Reception

To thank you for your service to our country, we invite all Liberty University service members and veterans to join us for a time of light hors d’oeuvres and fellowship. This come-and-go reception is expressly reserved for our Liberty University military veterans who are on active duty, national guard/reserves, retired, or discharged.

  • Date: Wednesday, November 8
  • Time: 11:45 a.m. - 1:45 p.m.
  • Location: Hancock Welcome Center Conference Room
  • RSVPRSVP by Thursday, November 2


#HonorThem Online Engagement Day 

This special online event brings our Military Emphasis Week celebration from Liberty's campus directly to your home! During this Facebook event, we will be recognizing the service members and veterans from our military student community, as well as opening up a forum for you to give a special shout-out to the military hero(es) in your life. All participants will be entered to win some awesome Military Affairs giveaways!

 Help us #HonorThem!

Service Members and Veterans: If you are a current service member or military veteran studying with Liberty University, we want to honor you! Send the following information to to be featured during our #HonorThem Online Engagement Day event and be entered to win one of several Military Affairs giveaways just for service members and veterans! The deadline to submit this information is Friday, Nov. 3. 

  • Student ID and Name
  • Military Branch, Status, and Rank
  • A few sentences describing who you are, what you're studying, and what you love(d) about serving in the military!
  • A high quality photo of yourself in civilian attire (due to DoD regulations, photos depicting military uniforms cannot be used)

Everyone else: We invite you to post a photo and/or tag the veteran you would like to honor in the comments section of our #HonorThem 2017 photo album (to be posted on Nov. 9). All participants will be entered to win our special giveaways and winners will be announced at the end of the day!

Veterans Day Parade

Tentatively, the parade will begin at the Liberty University School of Law,  wind through campus, past the football stadium, and end at the south end of campus near Residential Commons. Details are still being planned, click here to learn more.

  • Date: Saturday, November 11
  • Time: 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
  • Location: Liberty University's campus 

If you are interested in volunteering at this event, please sign up here.

Valley View Mike Donahue Memorial 5-Miler

This five-mile race is dedicated to the memory of Major Mike Donahue, a former Liberty ROTC professor who was killed in action in Afghanistan on September 16, 2014.  Major Donahue loved to run on this trail and it is only fitting that this race is named in his memory and honor. Military participants receive discounted pricing and a special gift will be given for all military veterans who pre-register and complete the race. Learn more.

  • Date: Saturday, November 11
  • Time: 9:00 a.m. (Pre-race ceremony begins at 8:45 a.m.)
  • Location: Camp Hydaway
  • Registration: Register for the race here

Military Tailgate

Stop by for a hamburger, hot dog and a competitive game of Cornhole before the football game.  All military veterans and families are invited!

  • Date: Saturday, November 11
  • Time: 11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. 
  • Location: Front Lawn of the Hancock Welcome Center


Military Appreciation Day Football Game

Military Emphasis Week wraps up at this exciting football game where the Liberty Flames will take on Presbyterian at 3:30 p.m. Enjoy a special military tribute halftime show, including the awarding of the 2017 George Rogers Champion of Freedom Award and many other special recognitions.

  • Date: Saturday, November 11
  • Time: 3:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
  • Location: Williams Stadium
  • Tickets: See flyer for more information

If you have any questions about Military Emphasis Week events, please email for more information.