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Nominations Sought for George Rogers Champion of Freedom Award
Nominations for the 2013 George Rogers Champion of Freedom Award are being accepted through Sept. 6. The fourth annual award will be presented as part of Military Appreciation Day, at Liberty's football game against VMI on Nov. 2 at Williams Stadium.
The George Rogers Champion of Freedom Award was named after George Rogers, a veteran of World War II, who served in the United States Army.
While serving in the Philippines during WWII, George Rogers was taken prisoner by the Japanese along with thousands of American and Philippine troops. They were forced to march about 75 miles in five days, known as the Bataan Death March, and were sent to POW camps where many died of starvation and abuse. Mr. Rogers withered away to a mere 85 pounds while being held as a POW. He was one of the very few survivors.
In 2012, Rogers finally received recognition for his service by being awarded the Purple Heart and Prisoner of War Medal. Mr. Rogers, who first started as a CEO for the "Old Gospel Time Hour" in April 1974, eventually retired in 1999 from Liberty where he last served as vice president of finance and administration.
To honor this man and his tremendous sacrifices for our nation, Liberty University has named an award in Rogers' honor. The George Rogers Champion of Freedom Award is given annually to a man or woman who served in the United States Armed Forces and went above the call of duty, displaying extraordinary heroism while serving. A statue honoring Rogers and the other award recipients sits just inside the south gates at Williams Stadium.
To view past awardees of the George Rogers Champion of Freedom Award, please visit the Recipients page.