Nov 3, 2009

Say “thanks” to the military

by Amanda Thomason

While bombs are exploding overseas and men and women are putting their lives on the line, people in the United States have the privilege of living in safety. In an effort to honor the individuals who sacrifice their lives daily by fighting for American freedom, Liberty is hosting Military Emphasis Week (MEW) Nov. 2 through 6.

Men and women in uniform will be on Liberty’s campus conducting various events for students and faculty. They will also be available to answer questions and talk about first-hand experiences for any students interested in joining or learning more about the military. Recruitment booths will be set up around campus for students to stop by between classes.

The Military Affairs Office, Students Behind Our Soldiers (SBS) and the new veterans group are working together to honor veterans and show support to those still serving. The groups will coordinate the events around campus as well as prepare a reception to recognize students, staff and faculty who are veterans, according to Director of the Military Affairs
Office Emily Foutz.

The week will include a candlelight tribute service at 7 p.m. Nov. 2, and the Marine Corps concert in the courtyard at 7 p.m. on Nov. 3. The candlelight service will be one of the highlighted events of the week.

On the front steps of DeMoss Hall, students, staff and faculty will be able to gather to remember the brave men and women that fell in order to protect this country. It will be a time of reflection to pay respects to the brave men and women serving America.

A military panel discussion will be held in DeMoss 1113 from 2:45 p.m. to 4 p.m., Nov. 4. Students will have the opportunity to get
answers to any questions they have about the military.

Thursday, Nov. 5, there will be a Post Traumatic Stress Disorder awareness meeting to explain what soldiers face after returning from war and combat situations. The meeting will be at 7 p.m. in DeMoss 1090.

This year’s full week of events includes military emphasized Convocations because of the amount of veterans
attending Liberty.

“The purpose of Military Emphasis Week is to provide the awareness of, appreciation for and support to our military,” Va. Benefits Representative and staff adviser to SBS Mandi Forth said.

Students are permitted to wear military T-shirts throughout the course of the week to support their favorite branch of the military.
For more information on the week, a list of events can be found on Liberty’s splash page.

“Being an army brat my whole life, I am looking forward to Military Emphasis Week where we can honor and remember the ones giving their lives for our freedom and for their families left behind,” senior Lauren Keating said.

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